Over 1.5 million R&D employees were in U.S. manufacturing and nonmanufacturing industries in 2016. The majority—about 912,000—were employed in manufacturing industries, while about 610,000 worked in nonmanufacturing industries.
Suggested Citation: Arora V., National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). 2020. U.S. Manufacturing Industries Had over 900,000 R&D Employees in 2016. NSF 20–313. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation. Available at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2020/nsf20313/.