- S&E = science and engineering.
- Physical sciences = chemistry, physics, astronomy, and earth/ocean/atmospheric sciences.
About 88% of the nearly 4.9 million individuals with bachelor’s degrees who were working in S&E occupations in 2008 had earned at least one S&E degree; 75% had earned only S&E degrees.
- The most common degrees held by S&E workers in 2008 were in engineering (38%) and computer/mathematical sciences (22%).
- S&E workers with both S&E and non-S&E degrees very likely earned their first bachelor’s degree in an S&E field, even if their highest degree was not in an S&E field.