Number 353 (Story #3), January 5, 1998 by Phillip F. Schewe and Ben Stein|
PHYSICS DEMOGRAPHICS. A variety of reports issued regularly by the AIP Education and Employment Statistics Division (firstname.lastname@example.org) provides an ongoing detailed picture of the US physics community. Here are some recent highlights. In the 1995/96 academic year 12,596 graduate students pursued physics degrees at 262 academic departments; the male-to- female ratio: 84/16; the US to non-US citizen ratio: 57/43 (1996 Graduate Student Report; Sept. 1997). In 1995, women accounted for 12% of new physics PhDs and 17% of new bachelor's and master's degree recipients (1996 Employment Follow-up of 1995 Physics Degree Recipients; July 1997). Physics bachelor's degrees in 1996 numbered 4173, the lowest level since the 1950s (1996 Bachelor's Degree Recipients; June 1997).