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Aging scientific workforce raises concerns

Evidence not clear whether older scientists are less productive.

The science and engineering workforce in the U.S. is aging rapidly, and it is only going to get older in coming years, according to a new study from The Ohio State University.

Ohio State economists found that the average age of employed scientists increased from 45.1 to 48.6 years between 1993 and 2010 -- faster than the workforce as a whole. This is expected to increase again in the near future.

“The aging of the scientific workforce is not over — not by a long sh

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