Number in Science, Engineering and Health Fields Per 1 Million Residents
*Methodolgy for calculating the total number of graduate students changed in 2007
Through the 1970s and much of the 1980s, Arizona had substantially more graduate students in science, engineering and health fields on a per capita basis than the national average. However, between 1992 and 2005, the per capita number fell substantially in Arizona while it continued to generally rise nationally. Arizona’s figure was 33 percent less than the U.S. average in 2005. Since then, Arizona’s number has increased more than the national average, narrowing the differential to 17 percent in 2012.
Through the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, Arizona had as many postdoctorates in science, engineering and health fields on a per capita basis as the national average. Since then, Arizona’s per capita figure has been largely flat while the national figure has continued to rise. Relative to the national average, Arizona’s figure in 2012 was 60 percent lower.