The U.S. Scientific and Technical Workforce

Improving Data for Decisionmaking

Edited by Terrence K. Kelly, William Butz, Stephen J. Carroll, David M. Adamson, Gabrielle Bloom

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Abstract

Concerns about the size and adequacy of the U.S. scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics workforce have grown amid fears of a dwindling labor pool and concern that this may erode U.S. leadership in science and technology and could complicate mobilization of appropriate manpower for homeland security. In the past, such fears have failed to materialize, and surpluses have been more common than shortages. But this should not be grounds for complacency. Fundamentally, available data are inadequate for valid predictions. The RAND Corporation organized a conference to identify the limitations of the available data and explore potential improvements. The event brought together leading researchers, science agency policymakers, and statistical agency experts together to address ways to improve the data system for decisionmaking with respect to this workforce. This volume contains the proceedings of that conference, consisting of the papers delivered and discussed at the workshop, as well as RAND's synthesis of workforce data needs and opportunities for meeting those needs.

Table of Contents

  • Part I

    Prologue

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PART II: Contributed Papers

  • Chapter Two

    Do We Need More Scientists?

  • Chapter Three

    What Will It Take for the United States to Maintain Global Leadership in Discovery and Innovation?

  • Chapter Four

    Does America Face a Shortage of Scientists and Engineers?

  • Chapter Five

    Data! Data! My Kingdom for Data! Data Needs for Analyzing the S&E Job Market

  • Chapter Six

    What Data Do Labor Market Researchers Need? A Researcher's Perspective

  • Chapter Seven

    What Data Do Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Agency Policymakers Need?

  • Chapter Eight

    What Data Do STEM Agency Policymakers Need? Workforce Planning for the Future: The NASA Perspective

  • Chapter Nine

    Meeting the Data Needs: Opportunities and Challenges at the National Science Foundation

  • Chapter Ten

    Opportunities and Challenges at the Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Chapter Eleven

    U.S. Census Bureau Data and the Science and Technology Workforce

  • Chapter Twelve

    Opportunities and Challenges at the National Center for Education Statistics

  • Part III

    Summary and Conclusions

  • Chapter Thirteen

    Rapporteur's Summary

  • Chapter Fourteen

    Priority Data Improvements

  • Appendix A

    Conference Agenda

  • Appendix B

    Biographical Notes on Contributors

The research described in this report was conducted for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation by RAND Science and Technology.

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