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Table 4-0. Employed U.S. scientists and engineers who reported one or more disabilities, by all degree levels and field of highest degree: 2013

Level of highest degree                Type of disability
Total with disability Hearing Seeing Walking Lifting Cognitive
Number SE Number SE Number SE Number SE Number SE Number SE
All degree levelsa 1,989,000 58,500 680,000 28,500 921,000 33,500 231,000 14,000 316,000 19,000 358,000 19,000
Bachelor's 1,250,000 44,500 418,000 23,500 580,000 27,500 139,000 12,500 196,000 15,500 230,000 15,500
Master's 520,000 24,500 176,000 13,000 236,000 13,500 69,000 6,500 94,000 10,000 95,000 10,000
Doctorate 88,000 5,500 35,000 5,000 42,000 5,000 12,000 1,500 13,000 1,500 12,000 1,500

Data codes used in these tables: * = value < 500. D = suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information. S = suppressed for reliability; coefficient of variation exceeds publication standards.
Abbreviations used in these tables: S&E = science and engineering; SE = standard error.
a Total includes professional degrees not broken out separately.
NOTES: Numbers are rounded to the nearest 1,000. Standard errors for numbers are rounded up to the nearest 500. Detail may not add to total because of rounding and because person may report more than one disability. Scientists and engineers are bachelor's and higher degreed individuals living in the United States with an S&E or S&E-related degree or occupation. See appendix for additional details on coverage, eligibility, educational field classification, and occupational classification. Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System surveys ask degree of difficulty—none, slight, moderate, severe, unable to do—individual has in seeing (with glasses or contact lenses), hearing (with hearing aid), walking without assistance, lifting 10 pounds, or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Respondents who answered "moderate," "severe," or "unable to do" for any activity were classified as having a disability.
SOURCE: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT): 2013.
Data from survey cycle 2013, as of 24 February 2015.