The overall percentage of graduates of science related fields by selected status.
National Education Goals have Far to Go
Published Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
The national education goals call for U.S. students to be first in the world in science and mathematics, so therefore developing and maintaining students’ skills in science and engineering has long been a priority for the department of education. Recently, President Obama stated in his speech given to school children, “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.”
Many skills are in great demand, but some companies are moving to locations or setting up facilities overseas where there are large numbers of trained personnel. Further, the share of recent science and engineering graduates taking government and academic positions is decreasing while industrial positions are increasing.
Those recent graduates who have graduated with science and engineering degrees have shrunk from 62% to 57%. The majority of them are male, up to 74%; females equal 26%. The section of greatest growth consists of 17% foreign students.
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U.S. National Science Foundation: Education and Science - http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind06/c1/c1h.htm
Increasing numbers of students are entering postsecondary education right after high school graduation.
National Science Foundation: Educational Resources - http://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/education.jsp
The agency supports "high-risk, high pay-off" ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but which the public will take for granted tomorrow.