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Life Sciences Field Employs Most Missouri Science and Engineering Doctorates

ScientistMissouri’s workforce is home to 9,300 doctoral scientists and engineers according to data from the National Science Foundation. The life sciences field, which includes biological, agricultural and environmental specialties, employs one-third of the state’s science and engineering doctorates, more than any other science or engineering field.

Physical sciences employ the second largest group of doctorates in Missouri with 1,520, followed by Psychology (1290) and social sciences (1200).


Among border states, only Illinois employs more doctorates in the life sciences fields.

2006 Doctorates Graph

Employed Doctoral Scientists and Engineers: 2006
Employer location All Employed All
Sciences
 Biological,
Agricultural, and
Environmental
Life Sciences
Computer and Information
Sciences
Mathematics
and Statistics
Physical Sciences Psychology Social Sciences Engineering Health
Illinois  24,110  18,960   5,380     620   1,060   4,360   3,610   3,940   4,070   1,070
Missouri   9,300   7,630   3,160 S     410   1,520   1,290   1,200   1,230     440
Tennessee   9,980   7,760   2,320     110     270   1,970   1,900   1,190   1,690     530
Kentucky   4,960   4,220   1,630      60     450     490     810     790     500     240
Iowa   4,890   4,040   1,600     140     400     570     600     730     610     230
Kansas   4,250   3,310   1,290      50     100     400     960     500     690     260
Oklahoma   4,420   3,660   1,090     140     180     820     880     550     590     170
Arkansas   2,840   2,380   1,080 S     120     410     270     480     310     150
Nebraska   1,380   1,120     540 S S     170     230     120     120     140
S = suppressed for reliability or confidentiality.

Source: National Science Foundation



 
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