Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The Science and Engineering Workforce: Realizing America's Potential

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The Science and Engineering Workforce: Realizing America's Potential

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U.S. National Science Board, NSB 03-69; Available at www.nsf.gov/nsb/documents/ 2003/nsb0369.

The study of long-term trends and policies for the science and engineering workforce concludes that two trends imperil the future strength of this workforce:

* Global competition for S&E talent is intensifying, such that the United States may not be able to rely on the international S&E labor market to fill unmet skill needs;

* The number of native-born S&E graduates entering the workforce is likely to decline unless the U.S. intervenes to improve success in educating S&E students from all demographic groups, especially those that have been underrepresented in S&E careers.

The National Science Board has examined these issues and finds that national-level action is needed. Its report recommends that, "The Federal Government and its agencies must step forward to ensure the adequacy of the U.S. science and engineering workforce. All stakeholders must mobilize and initiate efforts that increase the number of U.S. citizens pursuing science and engineering studies and careers."

Among other recommendations:

* The Federal Government must direct substantial new support to students and institutions in order to improve success in S&E study by American undergraduates from all demographic groups.

* Federal support for research and graduate and postdoctoral education should respond to the real economic needs of students and promote a wider range of educational options responsive to national skill needs. …

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