The latest analysis of the composition of the United States work force by the Washington, D.C.-based Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST) shows that the number of women and minorities in science and technology is increasing, albeit slowly. The commission, a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to collect, analyze, and disseminate reliable information about human resources in the sciences and technology, released its findings in a book titled Professional Women and Minorities: A Total Human Resources Data Compendium, published in January.

The statistical compendium shows that a significant number of women are getting higher educational degrees (54 percent of bachelor's and master's degrees in all fields in 1991 were obtained by women), but are still represented relatively poorly in the natural sciences and engineering, compared with their male counterparts, earning between 22 percent and 31 percent of the degrees conferred at the various levels (bachelor's, mas-ter's, and...

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