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What percentage of the U.S. workforce are S&E doctorate holders?

Employed S&E doctorate holders as a percentage of the U.S. workforce, by state: 2010
S&E = science and engineering (biological/agricultural/environmental life sciences, physical sciences, computer/mathematical sciences, mathematics/statistics, engineering, psychology, and social sciences)
Physical sciences = chemistry, physics, astronomy, and earth/ocean/atmospheric sciences.

Employed S&E doctorate holders made up 0.49% of the U.S. workforce in 2010.

Key Observations

  • The number of employed S&E doctorate holders in the U.S. rose from almost 573,000 in 2001 to about 688,000 in 2010, an increase of 20%.
  • The percentage of S&E doctorate holders in the workforce ranged from 0.23% in Arkansas to 1.16% in Massachusetts.
  • States in the top quartile tended to be homes to major research laboratories, research universities, or research-intensive industries.
See how states compare on a variety of science and engineering measures:
STEM Education Data and Trends 2014
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