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 DATABYTES

COMPILED BY MICHAEL GIBBONS
INFOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY I-SHAN CHEN
DATABYTES: TECH SLUMP COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ELECTRICAL/COMPUTER ENGINEERING AS A SHARE OF TOTAL ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES CHANGE IN BACHELOR'S DEGREES AWARDED; 2004 - 2007 TOTAL ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES VS. ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES EXCLUDING COMPUTER SCIENCE

TECH SLUMP

Engineering bachelor’s degrees declined by 1.2 percent from 2006 to 2007.

This ended seven consecutive years of growth, which helped the U.S. recover from a decade of non-growth in the 1990s, when bachelor’s degrees hovered between 62,000 and 65,000. The recent drop is largely attributable to a decline in computer science degrees awarded by engineering colleges and in electrical/computer engineering degrees. The remaining engineering fields are faring well.

CHANGE IN BACHELOR'S DEGREES AWARDED: 2004 - 2007
All Other Engineering Degrees 14.6%
Computer Science (inside engineering) -29.6%
Electrical/Computer Engineering -14.7%

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE & ELECTRICAL/COMPUTER ENGINEERING AS A SHARE OF TOTAL ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
2004 41%
2007 33%

 

TOTAL ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES VS. ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES EXCLUDING COMPUTER SCIENCE
YEAR TOTAL ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES ENGINEERING BACHELOR'S DEGREES EXCLUDING COMPUTER SCIENCE
1999 61,553 57,376
2000 63,820 58,310
2001 64,200 58,138
2002 66,781 59,939
2003 71,165 62,516
2004 72,893 63,737
2005 73,602 65,183
2006 74,186 66,856
2007 73,315 66,869

 

Data source: American Society for Engineering Education.

 

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