The National Science Board raised concerns that the
Economics and the lack of good science positions may lead many to choose career paths outside of research. “They find that they may languish in a postdoc position for a number of years making $30,000 to $35,000 a year with not a whole lot of benefits, when they could be going on in a professional career,” Babco says. Many science students are choosing fields with stronger job growth, such as computer or biomedical engineering.
The drop in foreign applications—down 28 percent at the graduate level—is also certain to affect the future of science. Many who come here to study do not return to their native countries. A survey by the National Science Foundation in 2000 reported that 38 percent of
The reduction in foreign science students is exacerbated by tough visa restrictions following 9/11. But it also indicates increased competition from
Warren Washington, head of the National Science Board, says: “Part of the paradox is that as we go further in the 21st century, this nation is going to need its technical and scientific capability to compete. To essentially say to a new generation of scientists and engineers and science educators that there’s very limited opportunity isn’t going to do the country a lot of good.”
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