Science Professionals Want to Make a Difference

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More than half of science professionals say they would accept a lower paid role if it contributed to something more meaningful or important. In fact, science professionals are more likely to agree that this is something they would do than other workers with a professional/technical skill-set. This is just one several key differences between science professionals and their colleagues in other fields, as this infographic shows.

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Science Professionals Want to Make a Difference

  1. 80 %science professionals: Feel committed/engaged Commitment levels among scienceworkforce attitudes professionals are stronger than in 2011, but not quite at the levels seen in 2010and motivators 2010: 72% say they derive meaning from their work by their 2011: 59% ability to excel/develop in their field, significantly 2012: 63%Insights from over 4,000 Science professionals across the globe more than their professional/technical When compared with other professional/ counterparts (75%) technical workers, significantly fewer science professionals feel committed or 44Contributing to something meaningful is important engaged with their current employerScience professionals, more so than others, are willing to accept a lesser role or wageif they feel their work contributes to something more important or meaningful % 68% professional/ technical workers 63% science professionals feel valued by their current employer, significantly fewer than average when More interesting and challenging work is compared to other key to feeling committed/engaged professionals (50%) 40% science professionals 31 % 31% professional/ technical workers feel that their current Seeking innovative employers employer is realizing For most professionals, when it comes 51% Science 43% All Professional/ the full benefits of their potential to applying for a job, the most influential organizational factors are corporate culture Professionals Technical Workers and a strong market presence, but for science 23 professionals, their number one consideration isWorkforce flight risk is up compared to 2009 % an organization’s reputation for innovation% of workers who intend to look Top factors that would cause themfor a new job within the next year to leave their organization think that remaining with 69% 2012 26% Lack of opportunities their current employer for advancement is key to career growth 27% 13% 23% 25% 16% 24% 60% 2009 18% Poor management and skill development— Reputation Corporate Strong market significantly fewer for innovation culture presence/ 16% Poor salary/benefits than average leadership Science professionals All professional/technical workerskellyservices.comAn Equal Opportunity Employer © 2012 Kelly Services, Inc.Source: 2012 Kelly Global Workforce Index. Note: Professional/Technical workers are those who work, and/or possess experience and skills in fields such as: Education, Engineering,Accounting and Finance (requiring a four-year degree), Healthcare, Information Technology, Law, Marketing/Sales (requiring a four-year degree), and Science.
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