Science graduates cherry-pick jobs

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21 oktober 2011 | 65% of science Bachelor graduates earn more than Master graduates in non-science fields. Most of them will not end up as scientists, as a new U.S. study shows. Do we need more science graduates or more attractive science jobs?

Research at the American Georgetown Universityindicates that skills from science graduates are so popular amongbusinesses that they can virtually choose whatever job they like.And more often than not are they unrelated to science.

According to the report, 65% of Bachelor graduates in sciencefields earn more than their peers with a Master education innon-science fields. Even compared to non-science PhD graduates, 47%of the science Bachelor graduates still get higher wages. “Thetechnical foundation is worth even more than we thought,” commentedAnthony P. Carnevale, one of the mains authors of the report.

Looking at comparisons between American and foreign sciencegraduates, the study found that American science students are muchless likely to work in their field of study. Jobs related toscience often are seen as socially isolating. This development”sort of fits the stereotype, frankly,” according to Carnevale.

Many countries urge their universities to produce more sciencegraduates as this should foster innovation and technologicaladvancement. This study, however, indicates that the issue is morecomplex. Part of the problem is that science graduates also need toget convinced that working as a scientist is attractive.

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