Most Foreign-Born S&E Doctorate Recipients Who Stay in the United States after Graduation Work in S&E Occupations
Employment of early career stayers, by degree field at graduation (2006–15) and occupation: 2017
S&E = science and engineering.
Numbers are rounded to the nearest 50. Detail may not add to total because of rounding.
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients, 2017; Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2006–15.
Most employed early career stayers (86%) were working in a science and engineering (S&E) occupation in 2017. Early career stayers are S&E doctorate recipients who were on temporary visas at the time of graduation from a U.S. academic institution (graduated during 2006–15), were at the early stage of their career, and were living in the United States in 2017. Another 7% of these employed early career stayers with S&E doctorates worked in S&E-related occupations (e.g., healthcare practitioners). In addition, most (66%) employed early career stayers worked in the same field as their doctorate, but this varied across S&E degree field (see NSF 21-336).
Suggested Citation: Okrent A, Burke A; National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). 2021. Most Foreign-Born S&E Doctorate Recipients Who Stay in the United States after Graduation Work in S&E Occupations. NSF 22-306. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation. Available at https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsf22306.