National Science Day is a day to honor, celebrate and commemorate American scientific achievements and the people involved. Science is vitally important to our health and well-being, so our science accomplishments should be recognized and celebrated! Here are some of the reasons that I believe the U.S. should have a National Science Day.
- At least 18 United States government departments and agencies rely on a scientifically trained workforce including:
- Scientific research leads to knowledge, products and processes that continually improve many sectors such as Agriculture, Animal Welfare, Economics, Health and Healthcare, Commerce, Transportation, Defense and others.
- The U.S. has many commemorative days honoring and celebrating men and women that keep us safe. We should also recognize that men and women working in science that also help to protect and keep all Americans and the world safe and secure, as with the recent development and deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The U.S. National Science Foundation 2022 Science and Engineering Indicators report
shows that science and engineering makes up 23% of the workforce or more than 36 million jobs
and that these jobs pay more than double on average than the median income of all U.S. workers.
- A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report
shows that employment
in the life, physical and social sciences alone are predicted to grow 7% between 2021 and 2031. This means about 98,700 new jobs in the coming decade
Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth. The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $72,740 in May 2021, which was higher than the median wage for all occupations of $45,760.”
- Many people do not know about the accomplishments that America has achieved in the sciences which impact their daily lives.
- The percentage of historically underrepresented groups in the science and engineering workforce demographic is growing, which strengthens the U.S. economy.
- Establishes a firm date for a shared national experience for all American students to learn and celebrate science regardless of educational setting..
- Inspires rising generations to continue the honorable and vital tradition of science in America.