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Press release 289 / 2013-08-29: 19% of all doctorate holders employed in research

WIESBADEN – In 2011, about 99,300 doctorate holders worked as researchers in businesses, institutions of higher education, other scientific facilities or other branches of economic activity. They represented 19% of all employed doctorate holders under 65 years of age. The Federal Statistical Office also reports that mainly holders of doctorates in natural sciences, mathematics or engineering worked as researchers: 46% of the researchers had a doctorate in natural sciences or mathematics and 16% in engineering. Linguistics, cultural sciences and arts accounted for 15% and human medicine for 12% of the researchers. At 10%, holders of doctorates in legal, economic and social sciences represented the smallest proportion of researchers.

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