Table 3-2
Measures and counts of S&E workforce: 2003 and 2006
 
Measure Education coverage Data source Number
 
Occupation      
Employment in S&E occupations All 2006 BLS OES 4,962,000
Employment in S&E occupations Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 5,024,000
Employment in S&E occupations Bachelor's and above 2006 Census Bureau ACS 4,262,000
Employment in S&E occupations All 2006 Census Bureau ACS 5,771,000
Education      
At least one degree in S&E field Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 16,602,000
Highest degree in S&E field Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 12,436,000
Employed and job closely related to highest degree Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 4,540,000
Job is in S&E Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 2,590,000
Job is something other than S&E Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 1,950,000
Employed and job somewhat
related to highest degree
Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 3,045,000
Job is in S&E Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 1,026,000
Job is something other than S&E Bachelor's and above 2006 NSF/SRS SESTAT 2,019,000
Employment requires bachelor's level
S&E technical expertise in —
     
One or more S&E fields Bachelor's and above 2003 NSF/SRS SESTAT and NSCG 12,855,000
Engineering, computer science,
math, or natural sciences
Bachelor's and above 2003 NSF/SRS SESTAT and NSCG 9,215,000
Social sciences Bachelor's and above 2003 NSF/SRS SESTAT and NSCG 5,335,000
 

ACS = American Community Survey; BLS = Bureau of Labor Statistics; OES = Occupational and Employment Statistics; NSF/SRS = National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics; SESTAT = Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System; NSCG = National Survey of College Graduates

SOURCES: BLS, 2006 OES Survey; Census Bureau, 2006 ACS; and NSF/SRS, 2006 SESTAT integrated file and special analytic file comprising 2003 SESTAT integrated file and 2003 NSCG.

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