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12.13.2005

U.S. Engineers Undercounted

Sounds like good news, though only in that the US producing more engineers is good. India and China producing more is also good for everyone.
The United States graduates far more engineers annually than typically reported in the press, a study said Monday, while the number of engineering graduates in India and China, long considered threats to the U.S.’ status as a technological superpower, may be overstated.

Researchers at Duke University found that about 225,925 engineers graduate from American universities annually, about three times the number—70,000—typically cited by the National Academies and the media. The academies include the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

India, which has become a growing tech center, particularly for outsourcing many operations of U.S. firms, produces about 215,000 engineers a year, the study found. That’s far fewer than the 350,000 figure frequently cited by the press and the National Academies.

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