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STEM talent shortfall in America frustrates tech recruiters

Kenneth Corbin | Oct. 24, 2013
Survey of scientific and technical talent recruiters from across Fortune 1000 companies reveals brisk competition for STEM-educated workers as demand outstrips supply.

Just 55 percent of recruiters polled said that they can typically fill a position with a STEM-educated candidate with a two-year degree in a timely manner, while an even half of respondents said the same about candidates with a degree from a four-year program.

But the demand for graduates with STEM degrees isn't just confined to technical positions. After all, more than half of the recruiting managers polled work for companies outside the STEM fields. And of the total group of respondents, a substantial majority said that STEM graduates are more desirable for non-STEM positions than job seekers with nontechnical degrees.

"People who have STEM degrees are being sought after ... for jobs that traditionally have not been considered STEM jobs," Jemison said. "So that's going to tighten up the STEM workforce."


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