Doctorate recipient numbers in the U.S. in 2017, by field of study

Number of doctorate recipients in the United States in 2017, by field of study

Doctorate recipient numbers in the U.S. in 2017, by field of study This graph shows the number of doctorate recipients in the United States in 2017, by sub-field of study. In the biological and biomedical sciences fields, there were 8,477 doctorate recipients across the United States in 2017.
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Number of doctorate recipients in the United States in 2017, by field of study

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Number of doctorate recipients
Biological and biomedical sciences8,477
Social sciences5,119
Psychology3,960
Chemistry2,697
Health sciences2,509
Education research2,405
Other engineering2,227
Physics and astronomy2,219
Other humanities and arts2,135
Computer and information sciences1,987
Electrical, electronics, and communications engineering1,900
Mathematics and statistics1,856
Agricultural sciences and natural resources1,606
Business management and administration1,522
Letters1,465
Mechanical engineering1,409
Geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences1,165
History1,066
Bioengineering and biomedical engineering1,041
Education administration1,023
Non-S&E fields not elsewhere classified*965
Materials science engineering958
Chemical engineering936
Teaching fields908
Civil engineering741
Communication626
Foreign languages and literature624
Aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering378
Other education375
Industrial and manufacturing engineering253
Teacher education112
Number of doctorate recipients
Biological and biomedical sciences8,477
Social sciences5,119
Psychology3,960
Chemistry2,697
Health sciences2,509
Education research2,405
Other engineering2,227
Physics and astronomy2,219
Other humanities and arts2,135
Computer and information sciences1,987
Electrical, electronics, and communications engineering1,900
Mathematics and statistics1,856
Agricultural sciences and natural resources1,606
Business management and administration1,522
Letters1,465
Mechanical engineering1,409
Geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences1,165
History1,066
Bioengineering and biomedical engineering1,041
Education administration1,023
Non-S&E fields not elsewhere classified*965
Materials science engineering958
Chemical engineering936
Teaching fields908
Civil engineering741
Communication626
Foreign languages and literature624
Aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering378
Other education375
Industrial and manufacturing engineering253
Teacher education112
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This graph shows the number of doctorate recipients in the United States in 2017, by sub-field of study. In the biological and biomedical sciences fields, there were 8,477 doctorate recipients across the United States in 2017.
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