Survey shows room for STEM ed improvement

September 1, 2017


Many STEM supporters, in both the private and public sectors, fear that shortages of qualified potential STEM employees is only going to grow in the years to come. The Smithsonian Science Education Center found that “STEM-related jobs grew at three times the rate of non-STEM jobs between 2000 and 2010,” and that there would be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2018.

In cybersecurity, for example, the number of available openings per year is greater than the total number of computer science majors the country produces. Considering that much of our economy (and increasingly, our security) relies on employees’ proficiency in STEM subjects, experts find the workforce gap to be disconcerting.

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