More reasons for doubting the great American science shortage

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that more than 4 in 5 graduating college seniors this spring don’t have jobs lined up for after the commencement ceremony, according to a recent poll. A lot has been written about the difficulties faced by new college grads, many of whom aren’t working in jobs that are anything like what they had envisioned.

But eyebrows should be lifting over another statistic in the survey by a career networking website: Graduates in the supposedly hot fields of engineering, technology and math were faring no better than the pack.

For years, we have been hearing about the great American STEM shortage (science, technology, engineering, math). The federal government, along with states and local school districts, have been pouring untold millions into upping the number of STEM graduates.

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