Study Finds No Shortage of STEM Workers in U.S.
While many educators and politicians say that colleges need to increase science and technology enrollments to meet workforce demands, a study being released today suggests that there is no shortage of STEM workers. The study -- by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan but liberal leaning think tank -- finds that:
- Students have already responded to the interest in STEM by majoring in science and technology fields in sufficient numbers to meet workforce demands.
- Only one of every two STEM graduates finds a job in a related field.
- In computer and information science and in engineering, colleges in the United States are graduating 50 percent more students each year than there are jobs in those fields.
- Of computer science graduates who do not enter the IT workforce, 32 percent say it is because they could not find an IT job, and 53 percent say they found better jobs outside of IT.