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The continued health of the space workforce depends on a steady stream of individuals with the education necessary to pursue these jobs. For most space occupations, this means a degree in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. In order to pursue these degree programs successfully, students must have adequate training and engagement during their primary and secondary education years.

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Year: 2014
In education, the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress exams show that ##. fourth- and eighth-grade students are showing improvement in mathematics, though less than half achieve at or above the level deemed proficient. According to the most recent international examinations, the...
Year: 2013
Country: United States
Highly skilled individuals are needed to maintain the global space workforce. In most cases, these individuals will need to obtain a university degree, often in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field. The number of graduates in these fields provides an indication of whether...
Year: 2012
Science and engineering education provides the advanced skills required for a competitive space workforce. It also cultivates the expertise needed for research and innovation. Understanding trends in the production of highly skilled scientists and engineers can provide an indication of long-term...
Year: 2011
Country: China, United States
In 2010, the global space workforce continued to weather the effects of the global financial crisis, recession, and ongoing economic uncertainty with relative resiliency. Declines in American space employment caused hardship but were relatively small compared to the overall global space...
Year: 2010
Country: United States
To sustain a robust space program over time, the space sector requires a supply of trained employees capable of performing highly skilled tasks in key scientific and engineering disciplines. With leaders questioning whether the future supply of such skilled workers will be equal to the demand for...
Year: 2009
As nations around the world increase investment in both space activity and space human capital infrastructure, traditional models of space education and workforce development are increasingly being supplemented by newer approaches. These approaches emphasize the potential for international space...
Year: 2008
Country: China, United States
“Many young people today with a technical bent are more entranced with the Internet or biotechnology than space exploration. Space travel, after all, was a fascination of their parents’ generation,” noted a February 2003 Wall Street Journal article on recruiting challenges confronting NASA.

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