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U.S. Knowledge-Intensive Services Industries Employ 18 Million and Pay High Wages

October 21, 2014 Comments off

U.S. Knowledge-Intensive Services Industries Employ 18 Million and Pay High Wages
Source: National Science Foundation

The commercial knowledge and technology-intensive (KTI) industries play a big role in the U.S. economy. The larger component of KTI industries—the knowledge-intensive (KI) services industries—employed 18 million workers and produced 22% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012. The smaller component—the high technology (HT) manufacturing industries—employed 2 million workers and produced 2% of GDP in 2012. Although smaller than KI services industries, HT manufacturing industries have a greater concentration of workers in S&E occupations and perform a larger proportion of U.S. research and development. Both KI services industries and HT manufacturing industries pay substantially higher wages than the private-sector average.

Three KI services industries (business, finance, and information) and six HT manufacturing industries (aircraft; communications; computers and office machinery; pharmaceuticals; semiconductors; and testing, measuring, and control instruments) classified by the Organisation for Economic and Cooperation and Development are discussed in this report.[2] (Note: Because various data sources used in this report classify industries differently, different numbers may be reported for KI and HT industries.)

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Unemployment among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2013

September 19, 2014 Comments off

Unemployment among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2013
Source: National Science Foundation

In 2013, an estimated 837,900 individuals in the United States held research doctoral degrees in science, engineering, and health (SEH) fields, an increase of 4.0% from 2010. Of these individuals, approximately 735,900 were in the labor force, which includes those employed full time or part time and those actively seeking work (i.e., unemployed). The unemployment rate for SEH doctorate recipients in the labor force was 2.1% in February 2013, down from 2.4% in October 2010 (table 1). Moreover, the 2013 unemployment rate of the SEH doctoral labor force was one-third of the February 2013 unemployment rate for the general population aged 25 years or older (6.3%).

Science and Engineering State Profiles

June 16, 2014 Comments off

Science and Engineering State Profiles
Source: National Science Foundation

State Profiles is an interactive website providing access to state-level data on science and engineering personnel and finances and state rankings. State Profiles displays up to 10 state profiles of the user’s choice. Data are available from NSF-sponsored surveys on employed science, engineering, or health (SEH) doctorate holders; science and engineering (S&E) doctorates awarded, including by major S&E fields; SEH graduate students and postdoctorates; federal R&D obligations by agency and performer; total and industrial R&D expenditures; and academic R&D expenditures, including by major S&E fields. Data available from other sources include population, civilian labor force, per capita personal income, federal expenditures, patents, small business innovation research awards, and gross domestic product. All data are available for download. Data cover 2003 to present.

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

June 13, 2014 Comments off

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
Source: National Science Foundation

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. A formal report, now in the form of a digest, is issued every 2 years.

Master Government List of Federally Funded R&D Centers

June 2, 2014 Comments off

Master Government List of Federally Funded R&D Centers
Source: National Science Foundation

Information on this list is current as of May 2014. Changes from the previous edition are noted below; decertified, closed, or renamed FFRDCs are listed in “Historical Notes.”

Foreign Graduate Enrollment in Science and Engineering Continues to Rise While Overall Graduate Enrollment Remains Flat

May 28, 2014 Comments off

Foreign Graduate Enrollment in Science and Engineering Continues to Rise While Overall Graduate Enrollment Remains Flat
Source: National Science Foundation

The number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in science and engineering (S&E) graduate programs declined to 385,343 students in 2012. The 1.7% drop from 2011 was countered by a 4.3% increase in enrollment of foreign S&E graduate students on temporary visas, which rose to 176,075. Overall growth of S&E graduate student enrollment stalled for the second year in a row in 2012, after experiencing 2%–3% annual increases from 2005 to 2010. S&E graduate enrollment grew by less than 1% in 2011 and 2012.

These and other findings are from the fall 2012 Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS), cosponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Survey of State Government Research and Development: FYs 2010 and 2011

May 27, 2014 Comments off

Survey of State Government Research and Development: FYs 2010 and 2011
Source: National Science Foundation

These tables present the results of the National Science Foundation (NSF) FY 2010 and FY 2011 Survey of State Government Research and Development, conducted for NSF by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau employed a methodology similar to that used to collect data from state and local governments on other censuses and surveys.

The survey was distributed to more than 400 departments, agencies, commissions, public authorities, and other state-run entities within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that were considered likely to conduct or fund R&D activities. Respondents that did not have qualifying R&D activity were not required to complete the questionnaire beyond a screening question. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in the survey. These states distributed the survey to 472 agencies, 470 of which responded.[1] Of those responding, 256 agencies reported conducting or funding R&D in FY 2010 and FY 2011. Respondents were requested to provide statistics on their total R&D expenditures and amounts for internal and external performers, the amount devoted to basic research activities, the amount for which the federal government was an original source of funds, and the amount of money allocated to particular fields of study. An additional question was asked about the amount of expenditures for the construction and acquisition of R&D facilities.

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