GLOBAL “STEM” EDUCATION – BENCHMARKS
Among STEM workers with a bachelor’s degree, there was wide variation in the representation of Blacks and Hispanics across S&E occupations and women in S&E- related occupations in 2019. Compared with their share of S&E occupations overall (5%), Black workers were disproportionately higher among postsecondary teachers in the social and related sciences (9%), computer support specialists (10%), network and computer systems administrators (11%), and information security analysts (17%). Hispanics, who were 8% of workers in S&E occupations overall, had a relatively large presence among social scientists (12%).
American’s trust in scientists varies by level of education. Although 84% of U.S. adults overall expressed “a fair amount” or “a great deal” of confidence in scientists to act in the best interests of the public, this confidence varied slightly by education.