The Skilled Technical Workforce

September 10, 2019
The Skilled Technical Workforce

To grow our nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) capacity and ensure that Americans nationwide can participate in a science and engineering (S&E) intensive economy, the United States must foster its Skilled Technical Workforce (STW)--individuals who use S&E skills in their jobs but do not have a bachelor’s degree.

Rapid changes in the nature of work, education, technology, workforce demographics, and international competition have led the National Science Board (NSB, Board) to conclude that our competitiveness, security, and research enterprise require this critical, but often overlooked segment of our STEM-capable workforce. Adding to the near-term urgency, a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report predicts a shortfall of nearly 3.4 million skilled technical workers by 2022.1

National Science Board