Post-secondary STEM Education

U.S. Trends


U.S. Demographics

Available data on STEM degree attainment in the United States going back to 1966, three years before the Apollo 11 flight that landed on the Moon.

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Degrees Awarded

It is clear that the trends involving gender seen in university entry rates persist through degree completion. Women earn more than half of all first university degrees in Canada, the…

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2011 – Demographics

Both the government and industry space sectors in the United States show a high demand for STEM-educated professionals. As of December 2011, ## of NASA’s ## employees—##% of its civil…

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2008 – U.S. Trends

In testimony delivered to Congress in 2006, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) described what it saw as some of the reasons for the decline in bachelor’s degrees in some…

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2008 – Demographics

Women constituted a majority of students who received post-secondary degrees. In 2006, some ##% of all bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women, up from ##% in 1986. In degree fields…

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2010 – Demographics

In the United States, NASA continues to be a significant source of demand for new space professionals. Over the past five years, NASA has hired more than ## new science…

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2010 – U.S. Trends

Considered together, recent NASA and U.S. aerospace company hiring statistics indicate that there is a combined demand for thousands of new S&E workers each year in the United States, a…

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2012 – Demographics

Universities in the United States attract a large number of foreign students. The largest proportion of these students comes from ##, followed by ## and ##. Retaining these highly trained…

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