DOE to Increase Women Scientists in Workforce

Fueled by a booming economy, unemployment record lows have caused concern about the nation's future workforce in foundational areas such as science, engineering, and technology. The federal government is among concerned employers. Department of Energy secretary Bill Richardson says, "The Department of Energy, like the rest of America, has a soaring demand for a technically skilled workforce." DOE points out that in the next two decades, the workforce will become 50 percent women. Currently, however, women fill only 9 percent of jobs requiring engineering skills and 10 percent requiring a physics background. Thus, DOE recently announced actions embodying the goals of the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology (CAWMSET). Established in October 1998, CAWMSET's purpose was to recommend ways to improve recruitment, retention, and representation of women and minorities in the workforce. In announcing this initiative,...

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