Underrepresented group

An underrepresented group describes a subset of a population that holds a smaller percentage within a significant subgroup than the subset holds in the general population. Specific characteristics of an underrepresented group vary depending on the subgroup being considered.

Underrepresented groups in STEM

Underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States include women[1] and some minorities. In the United States, women made up 50% of the college-educated workers in 2010, but only 28% of the science and engineering workers. Other underrepresented groups in science and engineering included African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Hispanics, who collectively formed 26% of the population, but accounted for only 10% of the science and engineering workers.[2]

Underrepresented groups in computing, a subset of the STEM fields, include Hispanics, and African-Americans. In the United States in 2015, Hispanics were 15% of the population and African-Americans were 13%, but their representation in the workforces of major tech companies in technical positions typically runs less than 5% and 3%, respectively.[3] Similarly, women, providing approximately 50% of the general population, typically comprise less than 20% of the technology and leadership positions in the major technology companies.[3]

See also


  1. Lambert, Froniga (2003). "News: The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award". Notes and Records of the Royal Society. 57 (2): 265–266. doi:10.1098/rsnr.2003.0211. ISSN 0035-9149. less than 9% of the United Kingdom's full-time and part-time Professors in Science are women
  2. "Minorities, Women Still Underrepresented in STEM Fields, Study finds". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  3. "2015 Diversity Report Card". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
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