National Institute on Aging

Blacks Make Up 4 Percent of Employed Scientists With Doctorates

NSF ReportAccording to new report from the National Science Foundation, in 2013, there were 1,142,000 scientists and engineers employed in the United States who held the credential of a doctoral degree. Of these, 46,000 were African Americans. Thus, Blacks made up 4 percent of all employed scientists and engineers who held doctoral degrees.

In some fields, the Black percentage of employed scientists and engineers was lower. For example, Blacks with doctoral degrees made up 3.1 percent of the employed computer scientists, 1.9 of the physical scientists, and 1.7 percent of the engineers.

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  1. Ronald B. Saunders says:

    The above stats should not come as a surprise to anyone that has a modicum of intelligence but the questions remains what is the collective Black community going to do about these pathetic numbers?
    We need to increase the funding for all HBCU’s who still do a good job of our educating our young people despite push back and indifference from the Obama administration and private foundations.
    An aggressive STEM Early Childhood Educational component is a must for all Black students and Black parents need to elevate their game and stay on top of their child’s education from birth to adulthood.

  2. Pianki says:

    Dear Mr. Ronald B. Saunders. Could you better explain to me exactly what your observation is on this topic. It sound like your concerns are similar to my own and are more refined than I am presently.

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