In the last two decades, there has been a steady increase in the
percentage of women pursuing a career in physics. The percentage of
minority employment in physics remains at a very low
How many women are there in physics? Since the early 1970's, there has
been a significant increase in the participation of women in physics.
While there are positive trends, it should be noted that women earn
proportionately fewer degrees in physics than in most other
disciplines. The recent climate for women in physics has improved
substantially. The AIP Statistical Research Center shows great advances
in percentages of women studying and working in the field. Visit AIP for more details.
The following chart indicates the number and percent of change of physics degrees
granted to African Americans between 2003 and 2013, as reported by AIP. The full report is available here.
for Women and Minorities
There are a number of organizations that provide advice, mentoring, and
assistance to women and under-represented minorities. The following are a
few such groups that focus specifically on the needs of women and
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the American
Institute of Physics and the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.