Analyzing the Engineering Technician and Technologist Workforce

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Analyzing the Engineering Technician and Technologist Workforce

Data Coverage and Gaps
June 30, 2017

Abstract

This contribution to a special issue of The Bridge reviews what we know about the engineering technician and technologist workforce from federal data. It also summarizes the data gaps associated with engineering technicians, and sub-baccalaureate workforces generally. The workforce is numerically dominated by technicians (individuals with less than a four-year degree), and increasingly by technicians bearing certificates rather than associate’s degrees. Nevertheless, federal datasets provide considerably less detail on these technicians than they do on bachelor’s degree bearing technologists. The lack of data for technicians makes it impossible to answer even the most basic questions about supply and demand.

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