ERIC Number: ED114449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep-19
Reference Count: 0
Racial Minorities in the Scientist and Engineer Population. Science Resources Studies Highlights.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Resources Studies.
This report summarizes the data about minority group scientists and engineers obtained as part of a national survey of scientific and engineering personnel in 1972. Information pertaining to minority group college students enrolled in engineering is also discussed briefly. Data presented on overall distribution patterns indicate that persons of Oriental descent have the highest concentration of scientists and engineers. The distribution of all scientists and engineers among regions of the country are seen to correspond to the distribution of the total population. The age distributions of minority group engineers are found to reflect past lack of opportunities for entry into the field, the median age for all minorities being five years less than the white median age of 42. Age distributions of scientists show less differences. The levels of educational attainment among the different racial groups of scientists and engineers vary, with those of Oriental descent indicating more education than either members of other minorities or whites. The key relationship between field of study and professional identity relationship is considered to be the level of degree earned rather than the racial characteristics of the workers. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Asian Americans, Blacks, Educational Background, Engineering, Ethnic Groups, Geographic Distribution, Minority Groups, Natural Sciences, Population Distribution, Racial Differences, Racial Distribution, Racial Factors, Role Perception, Science Careers, Scientific Personnel, Scientists, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Science Resources Studies.