S&E Job Market

How has the U.S. S&E job market grown over the years?

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How has the U.S. S&E job market grown over the years?

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Notes:
S&E = science and engineering. S&T = S&E plus technicians.
Physical scientists = chemists, physicists, astronomers, and earth/ocean/atmospheric scientists.

Main Finding

The S&E workforce has shown sustained growth for more than half a century.

Key Observations

  • The number of workers in S&E occupations grew from about 182,000 in 1950 to nearly 5.5 million in 2009. This represents an average annual growth rate of 5.9%, much greater than the 1.2% growth rate for the total workforce older than age 18 during this period.
  • Workforce growth in S&E occupations from 2000 to 2009 was slower than in the two preceding decades. However, at 1.4% annually, it exceeded the 0.2% rate for the general workforce.