Our society is shaped by science and we are focusing more and more on research- and knowledge-intensive fields of work. At the same time, demographic change is creating a high replacement demand for academically trained people, especially in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The demand for STEM specialists is already high and set to increase in the medium term.
The career barometer for science and engineering examined 2009, for the first time, in detail the image of professions in the technical and natural sciences, and the reasons why they are chosen or rejected as careers. DIALOGIK`s investigation was based on empirical studies of various target groups (including pupils, students and engineers).
In 2013, long-term monitoring has been set up by acatech (the National Academy of Science and Engineering) and the Körber Foundation. It will look at individual and societal causes for the low numbers of young scientists and engineers. This will give rise to recommendations for specific measures to enhance the attractiveness of careers in technical areas and increase the number of young people who choose this path. The career barometer will initially analyse a large number of different studies to assess the state of existing research (secondary analysis).
For the first time, the individual and societal trends in the technical and natural sciences will be continuously documented. When updated regularly, the career barometer is a comprehensive trend monitor that throws light on individual and societal influences on technological socialisation, technology education and the image of studies and professions in the technical and natural sciences in Germany.
Career barometer for science and engineering 2014 (Report / Booklet)
Career barometer for science and engineering 2015 (Report / Booklet)
Career barometer for science and engineering 2017 (Report / Booklet)