What shortages? the real evidence about the STEM workforce

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Abstract

The nation is producing more than enough quality workers in scientific and engineering fields, and policymakers and industry leaders should proceed accordingly. The first area to consider is the broad notion of a supply crisis in which the United States does not produce enough STEM graduates to meet industry demand. The second area to consider is the argument that even if STEM graduates are not employed in a STEM job, there are individual and social benefits to obtaining a STEM degree. The third area to consider is whether the customary market forces are, as claimed, not having their usual effect on supply and demand in STEM fields. Policymakers and industry leaders may want to reconsider the notion that science and engineering development and national competitiveness are best served by such a concentrated focus on one or just a few disciplines or workforces. Rather, it may be the range of disciplines and talents that provides the United States some of its dynamism, innovativeness, and creativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-67
Number of pages10
JournalIssues in Science and Technology
Volume29
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2013

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