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Science Workforce

Science and technology have been and will continue to be engines of U.S. economic growth and national security. Excellence in discovery and innovation in science and engineering (S&E) derive from an ample and well-educated workforce - skilled practitioners with two- and four-year degrees and beyond, researchers and educators with advanced degrees, and precollege teachers of mathematics and science. The future strength of the U.S. science and engineering workforce is imperiled by two long-term trends:

  • Global competition for S&E talent is intensifying, such that the United States may not be able to rely on the international S&E labor market to fill unmet skill needs;

  • The number of native-born S&E graduates entering the workforce is likely to decline unless the Nation intervenes to improve success in educating S&E students from all demographic groups, especially those that have been underrepresented in S&E careers.

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nsb0441 Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering Faculty
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nsb0369 The Science and Engineering Workforce: Realizing America's Potential

 

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