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Technical workers consist of a diverse group, including managers in the areas of computer and information science, engineering, or the natural sciences; computer programmers; surveyors, drafters working in architecture, civil engineering, electronics, or mechanical engineering; and technicians in a wide variety of technical fields. Scientists and engineers are not included in this indicator.

Data on technical workers' occupations and total occupations come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, a survey of workplaces that assigns workers to a state based on where they work. Estimates are developed by BLS from data provided by state workforce agencies. The OES survey covers all full-time and part-time wage and salary workers in nonfarm industries. The survey does not cover the self-employed, owners and partners in unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers. Estimates for states with smaller populations are generally less precise than estimates for states with larger populations.

Data source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey.

  • 1st Quartile

    1.55%1.93%
  • 2nd Quartile

    1.30%1.52%
  • 3rd Quartile

    1.17%1.29%
  • 4th Quartile

    0.86%1.14%
  • No data

Footnote

NA = not available.

NOTES: Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) estimates for 2004 and earlier are based on November data; estimates for the remaining years are based on May data. The total for the United States includes states with suppressed data and does not include territories. Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) estimates for 2004 and earlier are based on November data; estimates for the remaining years are based on May data. The total for the United States includes states with suppressed data and does not include territories.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, special tabulations of the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (various years), data as of May 2018.

Recommended Citation: National Science Board. 2018. “Technical Workers as a Percentage of All Occupations.” Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, State Indicators. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2018-1). https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/state-indicators/indicator/technical-workers-to-all-occupations

Last updated: September 27, 2018