In 2009, more than 501,000 bachelor’s degrees in S&E fields were awarded in the United States, a 27% increase since 2000. During this period, the number of S&E bachelor’s degrees conferred per 1,000 individuals 18–24 years old in the U.S. population increased by nearly 15%. There was wide variation among the states, however, both in total output of S&E bachelor’s degrees and in the output per 1,000 college-age residents.
- In 2009, 16.5 S&E bachelor’s degrees were conferred nationwide per 1,000 18–24 year-old residents, up from 14.4 degrees per 1,000 in 2000. The number of degrees per 1,000 college-age residents decreased in 7 states over this period.
- The state output in 2009 varied from 7.0 to 31.4 S&E bachelor’s degrees per 1,000 college-age residents.
- In terms of total output, California, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida were the leading producers of S&E bachelor’s degrees in 2009. When adjusted for population size (degrees per 1,000 residents of college age), the largest concentrations of S&E bachelor’s degrees appear in the northeastern states and the District of Columbia.