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February 11, 2016

Census’ STEM Numbers

The Census Bureau released an interactive graph Thursday linking various college degrees to occupational fields. Interestingly, it looks like even among people who majored in computers, math, statistics and engineering, their occupations are roughly split between STEM and non-STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics, for the uninitiated).

It’s worth noting that Census includes sciences like social science as STEM. The graph also has specific tabs for graphs according to gender and race.

They also released related new tables. Table 1 (using data from the 2012 American Community Survey) shows employed civilians ages 25 to 64 according to their bachelor’s degree. Among those who hold bachelor’s degrees in computers, math, and statistics, 70 percent are men while 30 percent are women. Breaking it down by race, 63 percent are white, 9 percent are black, 20 percent are Asian and 7 percent were Hispanic or Latino.

What’s the breakdown of people who have bachelor’s degrees in engineering? The chart shows that 86 percent are men while 14 percent are women. Breaking it down by race, 63 percent are white, 5 percent are black, 22 percent are Asian and 8 percent are Hispanic or Latino.


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    “Social science” is more oxymoronic than military intelligence. It is insulting to this electrical engineer.

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