Science and engineering fields not representative of US population

March 21, 2019

Women, persons with disabilities and some minority groups are underrepresented in science and engineering (S&E) when compared to the overall population, according to the latest data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). Although women have reached parity with men among S&E bachelor’s degree recipients — half of S&E bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women in 2016 — they are still underrepresented in S&E occupations. Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and American Indians or Alaska Natives have gradually increased their share of S&E degrees, but they remain underrepresented in S&E educational attainment and in the S&E workforce. By contrast, Asians are overrepresented among S&E degree recipients and among employed scientists and engineers.

The NCSES report serves as a statistical abstract and makes no recommendations about policies or programs. The report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, includes data on enrollment, field of degree, employment status, occupation and careers, and can be found here.

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