Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

February 25, 2015

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of these three groups in science and engineering education and employment.

Underrepresented minorities' share of  Science and Engineering (S&E) bachelor's and master's degrees has been rising since 1993, but their share of doctorates in these fields has flattened at about 7 percent from 2002 to 2012, according to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2015 report.

Over the same time frame, NSF researchers found the proportion of women in biosciences and social sciences has increased to between 49 percent and 58 percent, depending on the field and degree level. The bi-yearly digest provides statistical information up to 2012 about the participation of these women, minorities, and persons with disabilities  in S&E education and employment organized into topical areas—enrollment, field of degree, occupation, employment status, and academic employment.

Source: 
National Science Foundation