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Effect of STEM pipeline leakage March 9, 2010

Posted by Acoustics (ACOU) Section Chair in : History, Policy and Education (HPE) , add a comment

A new study reported in the 30 October issue of Science indicates that the United States risks losing its economic competitiveness because of a lack of social and economic incentives to pursue careers in science and technology. The percentage of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics dropped only slightly from 1972 to 2000, the percentage of these STEM graduates who were working in STEM occupations rose slightly, but the percentage of top students plunged 14%. Likewise the share of the top quintile still holding STEM jobs 10 years out of college dipped, these graduates being drawn into careers in management and finance.