Friday, February 17, 2012

Share of Workers in Scientific Fields Shrinks

According to Conor Dougherty and Rob Barry of the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of Americans working in science and engineering has declined since 2000.
The share of American workers in the science and engineering professions fell slightly in the past decade, ending what had been a steady upward trend in the proportion of workers in fields associated with technological innovation and economic growth.... Meantime, foreign-born workers have grown. In 2010, about one in five workers in the technical labor force was foreign-born, compared with one in six in 2000.
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Source: Dougherty, C & Barry, R (2012, February 17), Share of Workers in Scientific Fields Shrinks, Wall Street Journal Online.

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