Labor Day: NSF's Portrait of the Workforce
With the approach of another Labor Day, the National Science Foundation (NSF) can offer a rich array of data about the nation's science and engineering workforce. The foundation's biannual report, "Science and Engineering Indicators," describes how employment has evolved in a variety of categories, including gender. And a number of other NSF-funded surveys analyze factors such as immigration and emigration, labor markets, and state-by-state comparisons.
NSF also funds a long-running survey called the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), which show the ups and downs of American family incomes over time. PSID is described in a Special Report on Surveys. http://nsf.gov/news/special_reports/survey/index.jsp?id=income.
Selected reports and briefs:
Science and Engineering Indicators 2004: Chapter 3 (S&E Labor Force)
Federal Scientists and Engineers
Gender Differences in the Careers of Academic Scientists and Engineering
Degrees in science and engineering occupations
Emigration of scientists and engineers
Related press releases:
NSF Puts Priority on Attracting and Educating a Skilled, Diverse Science and Engineering Workforce
States Vary Widely on Indicators of Education, Workforce, R&D Spending and High-Tech Economies
United States Still Leads in Science and Engineering, But Uncertainties Complicate Outlook
National Science Foundation Releases "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering 2004"
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Useful NSF Web Sites: