Whether it’s good news or bad news depends on your perspective. A new report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) shows that physics degree production is up dramatically. The most recent data are from 2006.
* In 2006, 5373 students earned bachelor’s degrees in physics, up 5% over the previous year and 47% over 1999.
* That same year, 1380 physics Ph.D.s were granted, up 11% over the year before and 26% over 2004.
* Undergraduate astronomy degrees was up 98% in 2006, over 1997.
AIP also released a Focus on Astronomy Degrees, with slightly more recent data. These data showed the number of astronomy bachelor’s degrees dipping in 2007 compared to a year earlier.