Employment Patterns and Job Satisfaction of Foreign-Born Science and Engineering Doctorate Recipients in the United States
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 7 No. 1 (2006): Vol-7-Issue-1-January-2006
Science and engineering fields are important to a nation’s economy, especially in the areas of
innovation and technology development (Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy,
2007). The demand for scientists and engineers is increasing globally, making it more difficult for
organizations to attract and retain qualified professionals in these fields as schools and industries
compete on a global level for top talent (Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, 2005).
It is not surprising, then, that academia and industry are increasing their focus on the science and
engineering workforce. Indeed, a recent National Academies report stated that “identifying the best,
brightest, and the most innovative science and engineering talent will be crucial” to maintaining a
competitive advantage (Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and
Engineering, 2006, p. 1-1).