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High Demand For Science Graduates Enables Them to Pick Their Jobs, Report Says

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Science and engineering graduates are in high demand in a wide variety of fields, and many English-speaking science graduates are taking jobs in nonscience fields, which is leading to a labor shortfall, according to a recent Georgetown University report.

The report is a follow-up to a 2009 Georgetown University study, which found that although U.S. universities produce plenty of science and engineering graduates, less than half went on to work in those fields.

The new report, from Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce, found that graduates with bachelor's degrees in a science major are commanding a greater salary than those with a master's degree in a nonscience major. The researchers, led by Georgetown professor Anthony P. Carnevale, found that many science graduates take jobs in areas such as sales, marketing, and health care.

The training and expertise of science graduates gives them that flexibility, Carnevale says. In fact, he notes that a narrower education in a scientific field may give graduates more flexibility than a liberal arts education. "The technical foundation is worth even more than we thought," Carnevale says.

From Chronicle of Higher Education
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