Why Earn a Ph.D?
Are you interested in earning a Ph.D.? There are many reasons that you may benefit from doing so.
- It is the most Advanced Research Degree in Academia.
- The Capstone Academic Degree in most academic disciplines.
- The Academic Degree That Certifies Recipients for Careers in the Research Community and Higher Education.
- Opens more doors of opportunities in the field of higher education.
- Develops a solid foundation for career success and mobility.
- Provides opportunities through research to ask and answer questions of importance to society.
Long term benefits of the Ph.D.
- Lower Unemployment Rates.
- Higher lifetime Earned Income.
- Greater Likelihood for leadership and supervisory positions.
Graduate Education in the U.S.
- Most Graduate Students are enrolled at public institutions.
- 56% of current Graduate students are women and have earned 46% of the doctoral degrees.
- Students of color represent approximately 19% of graduate enrollment, but students of color are the fastest growing segments of the graduate community (71% increase in the last 10 years compared to 12% increase for whites).
Ph.D. Trends and Under-representation
- Approximately 43,000 Ph.D.s are Awarded Annually.
- Approximately 28,000 U.S. citizens & Puerto Ricans (2/3).
- Approximately 60% to Men.
- Approximately 12.5% (3500) to people of color.
- Approximately 4.6% (1300) to African Americans.
- Approximately 3.4% (950) to Hispanics.
Information courtesy of CSU Bakersfield.