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Enhancing Demographics and Career Pathways of the Space Science Workforce in the US

Presentation #320.03 in the session Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Planetary Science (Oral Presentation)

Published onOct 23, 2023
Enhancing Demographics and Career Pathways of the Space Science Workforce in the US

We present the demographics data for the space science workforce which are compared with other related fields: physics, plus science and engineering in general. We focus on the early stages of college, and draw some lessons from looking beyond the US by discussing this in the context of physics degrees awarded in different countries. We review some of the studies from the National Academies, extracting some relevant recommendations. Studies of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce, the physical sciences profession, and specifically the space sciences show that the “pinch point” where the demographics narrow down is at the high school to college stages. We considered the actions that could be made nationally by federal agencies, locally by an institution or individually to enhance and diversify the career pathway through the space sciences.

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