Finding Your Workforce: Latinos in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Finding Your Workforce: Latinos in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) identifies the top institutions graduating Latinos in STEM disciplines for 2012-13, and spotlights replicable practices and efforts at select colleges and universities. This brief provides a snapshot of Latinas in STEM, as well as strategies for successful STEM pathways to increase access and interest in these fields. It offers opportunities for action to improve Latino retention and degree completion and increase representation in the STEM workforce. The brief is part of Excelencia’s efforts to inform recruiters and employers of institutions graduating Latinos in key sectors and encourages them to do more to engage Latinos in their workforce.
This brief was produced with support from the Microsoft Corporation.
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Key findings include:
- In 2012-13, 2% of all institutions (91) awarded one-third of all STEM credentials to Latinos
- In 2012-13, 50% of Latinos graduating in STEM earned bachelor degrees.
- Between 2010 and 2013, the credentials earned by Latinos in STEM have increased by 74%.
- Latinos earned credentials in STEM at a relatively small number of institutions, and many are identified as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
- Latinos graduating with credentials in STEM professions are more likely to be in lower paying service occupations – such as electromechanical assemblers and chemical technicians – than higher paying professional occupations – such as electrical engineers, chemists, and software developers.
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