Some experts believe that the shrinking pool of STEM talent starts in schools, where students aren't given a comprehensive enough curriculum or the proper motivation to excel in these subjects. But others believe that circumstances outside the classroom are really contributing to this perceived absence of qualified workers.
In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist. Academic institutions graduate an overabundance of biomedical Ph.D.s — and this imbalance is only getting worse, as research funding from the National Institutes of Health continues to wither.
The association has warned of a rush of impending retirements coupled with a shortage of trained technical graduates. While many industries can outsource engineering work or recruit foreign graduates, most design work on U.S. military systems must be done by U.S. citizens.
Lawrence pointed out the "leak" in STEM education pipeline. 70% of 4th grade students say that they love math and science; however, the passion wanes as they grow older. Only 21% of 8th grade students say that they want to pursue STEM careers. To fix the "leak," Lawrence suggested showing students the stories of successful professionals and dispel the stereotypes that STEM careers are hard, boring, and usually held by men.
"Industry is not getting either the quality or quantity of employees they need," says Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. "So they are having to get involved."
3D printing, which last fall Credit Suisse forecast could grow up to 30%, has the potential to reshape how America makes stuff, creating new high tech jobs in the U.S. and bringing old ones back from abroad.
...a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. suggests high school seniors are more aware of the challenges they face when it comes to the so-called skills gap. The majority of those teenagers said they already know what fields they want to pursue, with STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) topping the list of their choices.
What does a discussion among women engineers sound like in U.S. Southeast? The South is not a region identified as a hub of STEM careers for women, but the massive influx of international manufacturers and their vendors has rapidly changed the landscape.
It is becoming increasingly clear that business and industry must share the responsibility for educating and training the future workforce. Chevron and Lockheed Martin, two of the world's leading employers of scientists and engineers, have invested millions of dollars into STEM education across the U.S., funding Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
The 10 jobs, which are declining for various reasons, are letter carriers, farmers, meter readers, news reporters, travel agents, lumberjacks, flight attendants, drill press operators, printers and tax examiners/collectors.
Students with a background in STEM courses have the opportunity in the Navy to work with some of the most awe-inspiring ships, submarines, aircraft and communications systems, develop unmanned vehicles and robotics that keep people out of harm’s way, and pioneer advances in everything from nuclear propulsion to biofuels or medical research. A STEM-related career in the Navy provides almost limitless possibilities for leadership and relevant experience.
The median duration of advertising for a STEM vacancy is more than twice as long as for a non-STEM vacancy. For STEM openings requiring a Ph.D. or other professional degree, advertisements last an average of 50 days, compared to 33 days for all non-STEM vacancies.
Within the past few months, several indices have been released that attempt to rank states based on their entrepreneurial activity. From the perspective of economic development agencies, these indices are particularly helpful in assessing where each state stands according to the numerous ways to measure entrepreneurship.
In a first-of-its-kind study, Brookings Institution scholar Jonathan Rothwell finds that the science, technology, engineering and math labor market suffers from a very particular kind of skills gap. It’s not just that there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill the jobs; it’s that the skills workers have aren’t specific enough.
It appears we have an overabundance of STEM graduates who are not finding jobs related to their degrees. However, when you look closer, you understand why industry is screaming for more STEM graduates while some STEM graduates cannot find work in their field.
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