Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees

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Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees

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UPDATES SECOND SENTENCE WITH MORE PRECISE PERCENTAGES - FILE - In this June 27, 2017 file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speak during the daily briefing at the White House. Trump nominees to top science, health jobs often are missing something: advanced science degrees. An Associated Press analysis of nominees to top science jobs found that almost 60 percent don’t have advanced degrees in science, but more than 60 percent of their Obama predecessors did. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors for top jobs dealing with complex science and environmental issues. And it's moving slower as well.

An analysis by The Associated Press found that of 43 Trump administration nominees in science-related positions — including two for Health and Human Services secretary — almost 60 percent did not have a master's degree or a doctorate in a science or health field.

For their immediate predecessors in the Obama administration, it was almost the opposite: more than 60 percent had advanced science degrees.

The AP analyzed 65 Senate-confirmable positions that deal with science and environment, many of which haven't been filled yet. The analysis focused on earned degrees, not life experience.

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