Workforce and Employment

Does America’s STEM workforce have a diversity problem? Here are the facts

A new study has highlighted the need for greater diversity within the STEM workforce. Image: Unsplash

Brian Kennedy

Research Associate, Pew Research Center

Richard Fry

Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

Cary Funk

Associate Director of Research, PEW Research Center


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charts showing that Black and Hispanic workers remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce
Black workers only make up 9% of the STEM workforce. Image: Pew Research Center
charts showing that Hispanics have earned a growing share of STEM degrees since 2010
The share of Hispanic students awarded a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field is 12%, which is lower than other fields. Image: Pew Research Center
charts showing that women remain under represented in physical science, charts and engineering jobs
Women make up half of the STEM workforce. Image: Pew Research Center
charts showing that women are underrepresented among graduates in math, physical science and chemical engineering
Women made up 85% of bachelor’s degree recipients in health-related fields. Image: Pew Research Center
a chart showing that across all ethnic groups, women in STEM earn less than their male counterparts
Image: Pew Research Center
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