After reaching a record number of members in 2013, IEEE saw its global membership dip slightly for the first time since 2003, ending 2014 with 426,488 members—a decline of 1.1 percent. (Check out an infographic to see which regions have had the most growth).
The decline was driven primarily by a 3.8 percent decrease in the number of student members. IEEE had 71,672 student members globally, a decrease of 2,863 from the previous year. Graduate student membership decreased by 1 percent, with 45,397 members. IEEE ended 2014 with 309,419 higher-grade members, compared with 310,802 in 2013.
But membership in three regions grew. Higher-grade members in Region 10 (Asia and Pacific) increased by 2 percent to a total of 61,557, and the region saw a 6.6 percent growth in graduate student members to 16,661. The number of higher-grade members in Region 7 (Canada) and Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) each increased by about 0.5 percent to a total of 13,821 and 55,908 members, respectively.
IEEE’s 39 technical societies ended the year with 346,289 total memberships, a decrease of 2 percent. The IEEE Industry Applications Society saw the highest percentage growth in 2014, increasing by 12.3 percent to 12,285 members. It was followed by the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society, which is up 6 percent to 2,258 members. The IEEE Power & Energy Society also expanded, with 1,018 new members for a year-end total of 33,391.