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What does the S&E job market look like for U.S. graduates?

S&E = science and engineering.
Physical scientists = chemists, physicists, astronomers, and earth/ocean/atmospheric scientists.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, during the period 2010–2020, employment in S&E occupations will grow by 18.7%, compared to 14.3% for all occupations.

Key Observations

  • Approximately 59% of the projected increase in S&E jobs is in computer/mathematical scientist occupations. These occupations also have the largest growth rate (23.1%). Biological/agricultural/environmental life scientists and social scientists/psychologists (who account for a much smaller proportion of S&E workers) have the next highest projected growth rates: 20.4% and 18.5%, respectively.
  • The projected growth rates for engineers (10.6%) and physical scientists (12.7%) are somewhat lower than the rate for all occupations.
  • Health care practitioners and technicians, a non-S&E occupational category that contains significant numbers of S&E-trained people, is projected to grow by 25.9%.
STEM Education Data and Trends 2014
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