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Science and Engineering Degrees as a Percentage of Higher Education Degrees Conferred (Percent)

State Indicator S-20

This indicator represents the extent to which a state's higher education degree awards are concentrated in S&E fields. S&E fields include the physical, life, earth, ocean, atmospheric, computer, and social sciences; mathematics; engineering; and psychology. They do not include medical fields or technologies. Counts of both S&E degrees and higher education degrees conferred include bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; associate's degrees and professional degrees are not included.

The number of degrees awarded is an actual count provided by the National Center for Education Statistics and includes degrees from both public and private institutions. Degree data reflect the location of the degree-granting institution, not the state where degree-earning students permanently reside. Student mobility after graduation is not accounted for, which may make this indicator less meaningful in predicting the qualifications of a state's future technical workforce. The year indicates the end date of the academic year. For example, data for 2015 represent degrees conferred during the 2014–15 academic year.

Data source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

  • 1st Quartile

    35.2%42.0%
  • 2nd Quartile

    31.1%34.7%
  • 3rd Quartile

    27.8%30.7%
  • 4th Quartile

    24.4%27.7%
  • No data

Footnote

NOTES: All S&E degrees include bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The national S&E degrees total for the United States includes U.S. territories. All higher education degrees include bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The national higher education degree total for the United States includes U.S. territories.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (various years). Data on degrees conferred prior to 2016 were retrieved from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Integrated Science and Engineering Resources Data System (WebCASPAR); data for 2016 are from the NCES IPEDS Data System, accessed 2 November, 2017.

Recommended Citation: National Science Board. 2018. “Science and Engineering Degrees as a Percentage of Higher Education Degrees Conferred.” Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, State Indicators. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2018-1). https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/state-indicators/indicator/se-degrees-to-all-higher-education-degrees

Last updated: January 18, 2018