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Table 39. Postdoctoral appointees in science, engineering, and health in all institutions, by detailed field and primary source of support: 2013
  Federal Nonfederal
Field Total Total DOD DOE HHS-
NIH
HHS-
Other
NASA NSF USDA Other Total Institutional Domestic Foreign Self-
support
Unknown
All surveyed fields 61,942 33,382 2,393 1,845 19,784 913 598 4,153 693 3,003 22,712 12,254 8,713 1,745 588 5,260
    Science and engineering 43,395 24,143 2,070 1,820 11,923 601 573 4,082 654 2,420 15,079 7,896 5,948 1,235 334 3,839
        Science 36,289 20,517 1,215 1,229 11,157 515 493 3,336 591 1,981 12,383 6,616 4,839 928 263 3,126
            Agricultural sciences 1,319 607 19 32 40 8 11 110 267 120 620 354 255 11 12 80
            Biological sciences 19,330 11,404 360 138 8,523 294 22 822 273 972 6,304 3,088 2,821 395 87 1,535
                Anatomy 258 189 6 0 168 5 0 3 0 7 58 29 26 3 3 8
                Biochemistry 2,097 1,284 32 33 916 53 3 78 10 159 646 328 286 32 8 159
                Biology 2,141 1,165 31 23 730 11 7 263 26 74 855 482 289 84 7 114
                Biometry and epidemiology 638 408 18 0 346 18 0 8 0 18 197 89 93 15 3 30
                Biophysics 164 91 2 0 73 0 0 4 0 12 35 16 18 1 0 38
                Botany 614 323 7 39 26 1 1 129 85 35 202 104 91 7 5 84
                Cell biology 2,387 1,176 36 0 952 5 0 48 4 131 789 288 453 48 0 422
                Ecology 107 59 0 1 10 0 2 41 2 3 36 22 14 0 0 12
                Entomology and parasitology 258 165 1 0 45 5 0 24 78 12 87 47 37 3 3 3
                Genetics 1,394 797 26 3 536 32 0 30 10 160 490 226 233 31 1 106
                Microbiology, immunology, and virology 2,188 1,410 42 15 1,146 34 2 31 12 128 697 326 321 50 4 77
                Nutrition 214 117 0 0 59 15 0 12 20 11 76 54 21 1 3 18
                Pathology 1,505 780 25 0 724 7 1 3 3 17 615 319 247 49 19 91
                Pharmacology 1,284 827 29 6 685 44 1 5 1 56 354 171 157 26 1 102
                Physiology 1,412 869 28 1 772 18 0 9 1 40 451 236 194 21 7 85
                Zoology 94 63 3 3 9 1 0 29 3 15 22 17 5 0 3 6
                Biological sciences nec 2,575 1,681 74 14 1,326 45 5 105 18 94 694 334 336 24 20 180
            Communication 76 26 3 0 9 1 0 12 0 1 43 27 9 7 0 7
            Computer sciences 765 490 148 19 52 6 3 208 0 54 232 109 86 37 8 35
            Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences 2,032 1,100 93 94 86 10 177 447 13 180 748 372 238 138 19 165
                Atmospheric sciences 209 143 11 18 0 0 32 45 1 36 56 28 19 9 0 10
                Geosciences 730 393 9 36 5 5 93 207 2 36 280 178 67 35 14 43
                Oceanography 423 262 25 7 11 5 11 126 4 73 158 80 62 16 1 2
                Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences nec 670 302 48 33 70 0 41 69 6 35 254 86 90 78 4 110
            Family and consumer sciences and human sciences 90 31 2 0 10 5 0 0 4 10 38 14 23 1 9 12
            Mathematical sciences 932 394 73 10 41 9 5 235 0 21 424 363 40 21 11 103
                Mathematics and applied mathematics 787 317 56 10 19 9 5 203 0 15 380 338 30 12 10 80
                Statistics 145 77 17 0 22 0 0 32 0 6 44 25 10 9 1 23
            Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies 891 491 40 54 272 3 4 88 5 25 309 162 134 13 20 71
            Neuroscience 1,696 977 36 0 759 64 1 27 1 89 546 194 302 50 4 169
            Physical sciences 7,197 4,129 384 874 893 86 254 1,254 6 378 2,298 1,371 721 206 43 727
                Astronomy 407 242 3 16 8 0 108 88 0 19 101 62 29 10 2 62
                Chemistry 3,850 2,038 181 299 792 84 14 527 1 140 1,367 773 452 142 18 427
                Physics 2,682 1,663 182 530 80 2 124 575 5 165 775 500 221 54 23 221
                Physical sciences nec 258 186 18 29 13 0 8 64 0 54 55 36 19 0 0 17
            Psychology 1,023 630 33 1 410 28 2 64 2 90 302 186 92 24 17 74
                Clinical psychology 104 57 1 0 39 2 0 1 0 14 33 27 4 2 10 4
                Psychology, general 568 349 12 0 232 7 0 45 0 53 161 97 54 10 6 52
                Psychology nec 351 224 20 1 139 19 2 18 2 23 108 62 34 12 1 18
            Social sciences 938 238 24 7 62 1 14 69 20 41 519 376 118 25 33 148
                Agricultural economics 61 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 11 5 33 25 8 0 1 9
                Anthropology (cultural and social) 118 21 1 1 1 0 0 16 0 2 83 70 11 2 7 7
                Economics (except agricultural) 62 16 3 0 4 0 0 4 3 2 32 27 5 0 1 13
                Geography 89 52 0 0 3 0 13 20 3 13 24 13 8 3 4 9
                History and philosophy of science 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 2 3 3 4
                Linguistics 33 12 2 0 2 0 0 7 0 1 14 10 2 2 0 7
                Political science 239 47 10 3 16 0 0 8 0 10 128 86 35 7 2 62
                Sociology 93 30 1 0 19 1 0 6 2 1 55 43 7 5 4 4
                Sociology and anthropology 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
                Social sciences nec 226 42 7 1 17 0 1 8 1 7 140 97 40 3 11 33
        Engineering 7,106 3,626 855 591 766 86 80 746 63 439 2,696 1,280 1,109 307 71 713
            Aerospace engineering 202 108 57 11 3 0 8 14 1 14 76 38 30 8 3 15
            Agricultural engineering 152 76 3 11 0 2 6 7 32 15 60 31 24 5 4 12
            Architecture 17 7 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 9 6 2 1 0 1
            Biomedical engineering 1,103 665 68 21 441 15 4 80 0 36 353 185 130 38 5 80
            Chemical engineering 1,230 544 107 129 109 11 9 111 15 53 543 227 254 62 4 139
            Civil engineering 587 243 32 37 14 3 12 79 4 62 256 155 81 20 7 81
            Electrical engineering 1,180 621 240 62 64 15 16 149 5 70 364 171 146 47 18 177
            Engineering science 240 157 44 28 11 8 9 36 0 21 82 38 27 17 1 0
            Industrial engineering 133 39 15 4 5 1 1 8 0 5 60 41 11 8 7 27
            Mechanical engineering 1,034 544 135 92 78 25 12 128 2 72 372 190 143 39 15 103
            Metallurgical and materials engineering 809 413 119 97 24 5 2 103 3 60 339 132 169 38 5 52
            Mining engineering 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 2
            Nuclear engineering 105 49 2 30 0 0 0 4 0 13 44 13 24 7 0 12
            Petroleum engineering 49 9 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 40 2 29 9 0 0
            Engineering nec 258 149 32 59 17 1 1 23 1 15 95 49 38 8 2 12
    Health 18,547 9,239 323 25 7,861 312 25 71 39 583 7,633 4,358 2,765 510 254 1,421
        Clinical medicine 15,831 7,768 301 20 6,659 235 19 34 11 489 6,572 3,733 2,371 468 198 1,293
            Anesthesiology 439 224 5 0 205 3 0 1 0 10 196 118 64 14 2 17
            Cardiology 777 393 3 0 353 8 0 2 0 27 340 202 97 41 7 37
            Endocrinology 441 254 5 0 232 2 0 0 0 15 180 61 85 34 1 6
            Gastroenterology 317 147 2 0 137 2 0 0 0 6 141 81 47 13 13 16
            Hematology 348 186 7 0 167 0 0 0 0 12 131 78 48 5 3 28
            Neurology 941 388 23 0 324 3 1 1 0 36 430 193 202 35 8 115
            Obstetrics and gynecology 301 114 10 1 97 1 0 0 0 5 131 79 40 12 3 53
            Oncology and cancer research 1,859 808 55 0 721 11 7 1 0 13 775 366 356 53 18 258
            Ophthalmology 528 235 11 0 210 1 0 0 0 13 253 133 105 15 6 34
            Otorhinolaryngology 160 92 2 0 83 5 2 0 0 0 61 37 17 7 2 5
            Pediatrics 1,584 643 14 0 548 42 2 2 7 28 805 589 192 24 30 106
            Preventive medicine and community health 703 385 10 1 303 33 2 8 3 25 244 151 84 9 2 72
            Psychiatry 1,008 614 12 2 451 7 1 2 0 139 274 154 100 20 20 100
            Pulmonary disease 288 153 0 0 136 1 1 0 0 15 128 94 25 9 4 3
            Radiology 921 432 21 14 382 1 1 1 0 12 408 248 128 32 21 60
            Surgery 1,297 525 33 0 459 6 2 1 0 24 653 374 223 56 30 89
            Clinical medicine nec 3,919 2,175 88 2 1,851 109 0 15 1 109 1,422 775 558 89 28 294
        Other health 2,716 1,471 22 5 1,202 77 6 37 28 94 1,061 625 394 42 56 128
            Dental sciences 303 213 6 0 175 8 1 1 0 22 59 39 19 1 8 23
            Nursing 77 45 1 0 38 1 0 0 0 5 30 26 4 0 2 0
            Pharmaceutical sciences 995 563 7 2 479 32 1 24 3 15 380 209 141 30 20 32
            Speech pathology and audiology 49 34 0 0 25 2 0 2 0 5 11 9 2 0 4 0
            Veterinary sciences 564 215 1 2 149 19 0 2 24 18 321 202 113 6 5 23
            Other health nec 728 401 7 1 336 15 4 8 1 29 260 140 115 5 17 50

DOD = Department of Defense; DOE = Department of Energy; HHS = Department of Health and Human Services; NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration; nec = not elsewhere classified; NIH = National Institutes of Health; NSF = National Science Foundation; USDA = U.S. Department of Agriculture.
NOTE: "Field" refers to the field of the unit that reports postdocs to the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, NSF-NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, 2013.
Data from survey cycle Fall 2013, as of 8 August 2014.