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Aerospace provides more than 600,000 skilled middle-class jobs. Yet space remains dogged by reduced budgets and canceled projects, resulting in the loss of workers who may not return to aerospace. Without a solid job base, the number of U.S. engineering students may also continue to decline. The U.S. annually graduates just 74,000 engineers, a fraction of what India and China graduate. Nearly 20 percent of our graduating engineers are foreign students who return home after graduation. Lack of job opportunities puts our nation at risk of losing our engineering lead
to other countries.
Administration and Congressional support for stable and healthy space programs is key to maintaining and expanding critical and well-paying jobs.