The U.S. ranks 39th out of 44 countries and regions in terms of the growth in the number of scientists and researchers since 1999

Scientists and researchers have been key drivers of innovation over the last decade. However, many nations have invested more heavily in high-skilled researchers than the United States. Indeed, while there are now 30 percent more researchers globally than in 1999, most of these additional scientists and researchers have not come from the United States. In a study of 44 developing and developed countries and regions, the United States ranks 39th in terms of the growth in scientists and researchers since 1999.