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STEM Worker Shortage at a Crisis, Survey Shows


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Americans appear to increasingly fear the inability to fill science, technology, engineering and math jobs.

A survey by a Missouri technology firm found roughly two in five Americans think the shortage of workers for science, technology, engineering, and math jobs has reached the crisis level.

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Forty percent of Americans say the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) worker shortage is at a crisis level, according to the fourth annual STEM survey conducted by Missouri-based technology and engineering firm Emerson, which polled 2,000 people.

The survey found today’s students are twice as likely to study in STEM fields as their parents were, and 52% of parents think there will be an increasing number of STEM jobs in the U.S. over the next decade.

Emerson's Kathy Button Bell says, "The jobs in STEM will pay better and we need to be encouraging people right now, especially at college and high school age, to get those skills because we need positions filled."

Respondents also doubted there are enough opportunities for U.S. students to gain STEM skills, with only 30% saying teachers have the resources necessary to provide STEM education to students.

From U.S. News & World Report
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