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ERIC Number: ED590906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov-13
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Women in STEM: 2017 Update. ESA Issue Brief #06-17
Noonan, Ryan
US Department of Commerce
In March, the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) released the first in a series of reports updating and expanding our previous work examining the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. That first report, "STEM Jobs. 2017 Update," provided an overview of STEM workers and their earning power. This second report provides a more detailed look at the gender dynamics of the STEM economy. Key findings in this report, which are consistent with previous research, including research done by OCE, are the following: (1) Women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24 percent of STEM jobs; (2) Women with STEM jobs earned 35 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs -- even higher than the 30 percent STEM premium for men; (3) While nearly as many women hold undergraduate degrees as men overall, they make up only about 30 percent of all STEM degree holders; and (4) Women with STEM degrees are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM occupation; they are more likely to work in education or healthcare.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Economics and Statistics Administration (DOC), Office of the Chief Economist (OCE)
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