Utah One of Nation’s Leaders in Science and Engineering Workforce Growth
Utah is one of the nation’s leaders in long-term science and engineering (S&E) workforce growth, according to a new analysis released by SSTI (the State Science and Technology Institute), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
From 2003 to 2017, the time period covered in SSTI’s report, Utah was no. 3 in the nation for overall growth of its science and engineering workforce, growing by 60.9 percent, just behind Arkansas (67.2) and North Dakota (66.2 percent). Most recently, from 2013 to 2017, Utah led the nation with a 26.5 percent increase.
“Utah has done several things that make it an innovation leader, and this is evident by the tremendous growth of its science and engineering workforce,” said Dan Berglund, president and CEO of SSTI. “The state has made smart investments around research and development, especially around applied research centers through USTAR, encouraging commercialization and technology-transfer at universities, and supporting the growth of innovative small businesses. Utah also has built a strong talent pipeline through its schools, colleges, and career-training programs.”
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