|Quartile groups for scientists
and engineers as share of workforce: 1999*
|(67.30% - 9.53%)
||(9.46% - 7.44%)
||(7.43% - 6.25%)
||(6.17% - 4.19%)
|District of Columbia
|*States in alphabetical order, not data order.
SOURCES: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Scientists
and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT); and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of
Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics.
- In 1999, 10.9 million scientists and engineers were employed in the United
States, up from 10.1 million in 1995.
- The nation's overall workforce grew at essentially the same rate, keeping
the proportion of scientists and engineers at around 8 percent of the civilian
workforce for the period.
- Large workforce shares of scientists and engineers are evident on both
U.S. coasts and in the southern Rocky Mountain area.
This indicator shows the extent to which a state's workforce provides a labor
pool with the training to work in technical areas or in jobs with technical
content. Scientists and engineers are people with a bachelor's or higher degree
in a science or engineering field or who worked in an S&E occupation in
Civilian workforce data are Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates based
on the Current Population Survey. BLS data are based on residence location,
whereas data for scientists and engineers are largely classified based on work
location. Because of this difference and the sample-based nature of the data,
estimates for sparsely populated states and the District of Columbia may be