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Institutional Responses to Labor Market Demands for Engineers

From 2010 to 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted a study which included an overview of the graduation rates and college engineering program dynamics for engineering, and an analysis by discipline. The analysis provides background information on trends in the supply of new engineers to the labor market over the past three decades. It identifies forces shaping the demand for engineers over the past three decades, including fluctuations in government demand, skill-biased technological change, the demand for engineers in non-engineering occupations (particularly management), and replacement demand. This discussion of the current demand for engineers provides a context for interpreting trends in the supply of new engineers from American colleges and universities, and the nature of adjustments in the supply of new engineers to changing demand conditions. A chapter titled, “Engineering Labor Markets” by Daniel Kuehn and Dr. Hal Salzman, appears in the forthcoming book, U.S. Engineering in the Global Economy, edited by Dr. Richard Freeman and Dr. Hal Salzman. (Funded by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Bureau of Economic Research)

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graduation rates
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