Table 3-3
Measures and size of employed S&E workforce: 2003, 2008, and 2009
 
Measure      Education coverage      Data source   Workers
 
Occupation            
Employment in S&E occupations   All degree levels   2009 BLS OES   5,786,000
Employment in S&E occupations   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   4,874,000
Employment in S&E occupations   All degree levels   2009 Census Bureau ACS   6,416,000
Employment in S&E occupations   Bachelor's and above   2009 Census Bureau ACS   4,750,000
Education            
At least one degree in S&E field   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   17,214,000
Highest degree in S&E field   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   12,588,000
Job closely related to highest degree   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   4,802,000
S&E occupation   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   2,635,000
Other occupation   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   2,168,000
Job somewhat related to highest degree   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   3,101,000
S&E occupation   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   996,000
Other occupation   Bachelor's and above   2008 NSF/NCSES SESTAT   2,105,000
Job requires S&E technical expertise at bachelor's level            
In one or more S&E fields   Bachelor's and above   2003 NSF/NCSES SESTAT and NSCG   12,855,000
Engineering, computer science, mathematics, or natural sciences   Bachelor's and above   2003 NSF/NCSES SESTAT and NSCG   9,215,000
Social sciences   Bachelor's and above   2003 NSF/NCSES SESTAT and NSCG   5,335,000
 

ACS = American Community Survey; BLS = Bureau of Labor Statistics; OES = Occupational Employment Statistics Survey; NSF/NCSES = National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics; SESTAT = Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System; NSCG = National Survey of College Graduates

SOURCES: BLS, 2009 OES; Census Bureau, 2009 ACS; NSF/NCSES, 2008 SESTAT integrated file and special analytic file comprising 2003 SESTAT integrated file and 2003 NSCG.

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