(January 2013) Science and engineering (S&E) employment accounts for a relatively small proportion of the total U.S. labor force, but is important as an engine for higher earnings, innovation, and economic growth. With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, PRB has developed a local labor market database on scientists and engineers, including data for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the 100-largest counties, 50-largest cities, and 50-largest metropolitan areas. PRB’s database is designed to help researchers and others monitor trends in the size and characteristics of the S&E labor force across states and local areas. Standard errors are also available for those interested in calculating margins of error associated with these estimates.

Data Files

Database files on scientists and engineers

  • 2005 ACS estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 333KB)
  • 2006 ACS estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 330KB)
  • 2007 ACS estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 336KB)
  • 2008 ACS estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 340KB)
  • 2009 ACS estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 342KB)
  • 2010 ACS estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 337KB)
  • 2011 ACS estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 342KB)

Standard errors

  • Standard errors for 2005 estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 494KB)
  • Standard errors for 2006 estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 514KB)
  • Standard errors for 2007 estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 513KB)
  • Standard errors for 2008 estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 517KB)
  • Standard errors for 2009 estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 517KB)
  • Standard errors for 2010 estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 514KB)
  • Standard errors for 2011 estimates of scientists and engineers (TXT: 518KB)

Technical documentation and programs

  • Technical documentation and data dictionary (PDF: 550KB)
  • For SAS Programmers: SAS program to read database on scientists and engineers (PDF: 121KB)
  • For SAS Programmers: SAS program to read standard errors for estimates of scientists and engineers (PDF: 55KB)

Articles and Reports

PRB's DataFinder

Selected data on scientists and engineers are also available through PRB's DataFinder. Users can easily create custom maps, tables, and charts to view online, print, or download.


For more information: Mark Mather, associate vice president, U.S. Programs, mmather@prb.org.