S&E Job Market

What does the S&E job market look like for U.S. graduates?

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What does the S&E job market look like for U.S. graduates?

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S&E = science and engineering.
Physical scientists = chemists, physicists, astronomers, and earth/ocean/atmospheric scientists.

Main Finding

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, during the period 2008–18, employment in S&E occupations will grow by more than double the rate for all occupations.

Key Observations

  • Employment in S&E occupations is projected to grow by 20.6% between 2008 and 2018, compared to 10.1% for all occupations.
  • Approximately 58% of the projected increase in S&E jobs is in computer/mathematical scientist occupations. Biological/agricultural/environmental life scientists account for a smaller number of job openings but have the highest projected growth rate (26.7%) in employment.
  • The growth rates projected for physical scientists and social scientists/psychologists are also above those for all occupations.
  • Engineering jobs, with projected growth of 11.3%, are expected to grow at only slightly more than the rate for all jobs.
  • Healthcare practitioners and technicians, a non-S&E occupational category that contains significant numbers of S&E-trained people, is projected to grow by 21.4%.