NSF Science and Engineering Indicators a Great Resource

With exciting new interactive tools for comparing science and engineering data historically, on a map, or across states, the 2012 National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) are a great way to assess the current state of U.S. science and engineering.

The SEI measures the worldwide commitment to an innovation economy; how the U.S. allocates funding in science and engineering; and global trends in research and development.

Data presented in the biennial SEI has been an invaluable tool in identifying issues in the science and engineering fields. The SEI includes seven focus chapters, each with an incredible amount of information.

Some highlights include:

  • Five percent of the U.S. workforce is employed in a science and engineering occupation;
  • Workers in science and engineering fields have one third the unemployment compared with the general labor force;
  • Non-U.S. inventors account for more than half of all U.S. patents;
  • Although the recession halted growth, the U.S. still leads the world in high-tech manufacturing;
  • North America accounted for 36% of global R&D expenditures in 2009, down from 40% in 1996; and Asia/Pacific accounted for 35% in 2009, up from 23% in 1996.

Have you reviewed the 2012 Science and Engineering Indicators from the National Science Foundation?

Check them out: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind12/

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