The reason why we get together in a forum like this is because we all have the common goal of finding out more about the market for scientists and engineers. We realize that we each have a somewhat different approach to the problem and our data systems are, therefore, different. These meetings represent an opportunity to share our different approaches and findings.
In SRS, we use our data to get an understanding of what has happened and why it has happened with respect to unemployment, job mobility, and professional membership. Indeed, those are the three presentations you are going to hear from SRS staff. In other words, our approach is to take surveys, go into considerable depth in the data in analyzing it. One of the major strengths of our work is that we cover the entire range of scientific and engineering personnel jobs.
In the second part of our meeting, we will move into the presentations by selected professional association representatives. In looking at the program, I see such words as "new developments," "opportunities," "changing outlook". These presentations will undoubtedly include data that is more up to date than the SRS data. This is certainly a major strength of the work you do in the professional societies. You are more on the cutting edge and more up to date than we are in terms of what is going on and in describing the outlook for the job market.
In the third part of the meeting we will discuss improvements in the data system -- how can we do all of these things that we're trying to do and do them better. We have a small working group that will be reporting on the work they are doing on some of these problems.
Our first SRS presenter is Carolyn Shettle who, as most of you know, is our chief statistician at SRS.