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Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future
FIGURE HE-1 S&E bachelor’s degrees, by field: selected years, 1977-2000.
NOTE: Geosciences include earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences.
SOURCE: National Science Board. Science and Engineering Indicators 2004. NSB 04-01. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2004. Figure 2-11.
To meet this goal, many believe that the United States will need to attract S&E students from all demographic groups. Today, Blacks, Hispanics, and other underrepresented minority groups are about a quarter of the US population but make up only 17.9% of the undergraduate population, 2.5% of the these majors, and 6% of the S&E workforce (see Table HE-1 and Figure HE-2). Only a quarter of this workforce consists of women, though women are almost half the total US workforce. By 2020, more than