Saturday, October 27, 2007

Biologists are happier than Computer Scientists

A recent survey conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) compared the percentage of US workers reporting an MDE (Major Depressive Episode) in the past year across occupation, gender, and age. Some of the results were fairly predictable, such as food and service workers having a greater than average occurrence of MDEs, and I had read before that women and older people tend to be more depressed on average, but some of the other results were quite surprising, at least to me. For example, "Mathematical and Computer Scientists" had a considerably higher rate (6.2%) of MDEs than did "Life, Physical, and Social Scientists" (4.4%). Not sure where that leaves bioinformaticians....

1 comment:

Rileen said...

Hopefully we are in the intersection :-)