And another thing, told in simple terms from this landing-page image you too can create from this Data USA site. That number of degrees awarded in 2016 (1,923, which they measure as growing at 5.31%). In 2013, they calculated that there were 1,419 GIS&T degrees granted.
BUT, the “people in the workforce” number, 3.63 million, comes from a much larger group of graduates: all of those considered to have degrees in the “social sciences.” That is not a very helpful way for us to track GIS&T graduates! We really have no good or confident sense of where graduates are ultimately getting jobs. Tracking recent graduates is notoriously difficult, and I can personally attest to that.
Is our supply of GIS&T graduates well aligned, in quantity and quality, with the actual jobs that they want to go into and that they’re qualified to go into? A $64,000 question, or if you believe this figure, a $90,421 dollar question (which is ALSO using data from “Social Sciences”!).