Email Print Share

News Release 12-132

Updated Data Now Available on the Employment and Education Patterns of Underrepresented Groups in Science and Engineering

NSF today released a new report, "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering"

Photo of a male scientist in foreground holding test tube and pipette, female researcher in back.

Today, NSF's NCSEC released the latest statistics about underrepresented groups in S&E.

July 16, 2012

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today released Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, a compilation of the latest data drawn from a wide variety of sources.

The report provides statistical information about the participation of women, minorities and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. Tables continue to be updated as new data become available. A formal, interactive report, scheduled for release in January 2013, will highlight key information drawn from these data and will open the door to a rich set of associated resources.

This update contains a variety of information on the employment and education of scientists and engineers.

Updated employment tables include information on scientists' and engineers' occupations, median annual salaries, federal employment and employment status according to disability status, race, and ethnicity and sex.

Updated education tables display information on:

- freshman intentions to major in science and engineering (S&E);
- undergraduate enrollment in engineering;
- first university degrees awarded in selected countries;
- doctoral degrees in S&E;
- characteristics of S&E doctorate recipients' academic institution;
- primary source of support for doctorate recipients who are U.S. citizens and
  permanent residents; and
- employment plans of S&E doctorate recipients.

Data tables are available for download, either as Excel or PDF files.

Visit NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics for more reports and other products.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

Program Contacts
Jeri Mulrow, NSF, (703) 292-4784, email:

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) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

mail icon Get News Updates by Email 

Useful NSF Web Sites:
NSF Home Page:
NSF News:
For the News Media:
Science and Engineering Statistics:
Awards Searches: