Survey of Natural and Social Scientists and Engineers (SSE), 1984 (ICPSR 8538)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census


This data collection focuses on persons engaged in the fields of natural science, social science, and engineering as well as in related occupations. The aim of the SSE was to gauge the effects of rapid development and innovation in science and technology during recent years on highly trained scientists and engineers in specific target occupations. Variables in this collection, which encompasses both the original 1982 survey data and data from a 1984 follow-up, include formal and supplemental education and training, current employment characteristics, job history, annual salary, and percentage of time devoted to specific work activities. Demographic characteristics include sex, race, Hispanic origin, and marital status.

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. SURVEY OF NATURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS (SSE), 1984. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic achievement, academic degrees, college faculty, colleges, educational background, higher education, industry, job history, job opportunities, research, science, scientists, technology, wages and salaries

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1981--1984

Universe:    Persons identified by the 1980 census as being in one of several scientific or engineering occupations, having four or more years of college (two or more years if the census occupation was engineer), being in either the 1980 experienced civilian labor force or the labor reserve, and indicating the most recent job as one of the scientific or engineering target occupations.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The 1982 sample was drawn from the 1980 Census Sample File and the Puerto Rican Census Sample File using a multi-stage stratified sampling design. For 1984, a subsample of the 1982 sample was selected.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms, and telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-11-07

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