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U.S. Engineering in a Global Economy$
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Richard B. Freeman and Hal Salzman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226468334

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226468471.001.0001

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The Engineering Labor Market

The Engineering Labor Market

An Overview of Recent Trends

(p.11) 1 The Engineering Labor Market
U.S. Engineering in a Global Economy

Daniel Kuehn

Hal Salzman

University of Chicago Press

Chapter one sets the stage for the rest of the book with a review of the engineering labor force, focusing on the employment, salary, and career trajectories of graduates that obtain engineering degrees and work in the field. Lacking a single comprehensive data source on engineers, this chapter draws on a wide variety of longitudinal career data and establishment-based employment and earnings data available from different government surveys of scientists, engineers, and employers and on education administrative data on the supply of engineers coming from U.S. universities to Census survey data on the numbers from overseas. It disaggregates engineering into major subfields, whose employment differs sufficiently to face different supply and demand conditions.

Keywords:   engineering labor force, engineer supply and demand, engineer demographics, engineering education, STEM

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