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U.S. Employers Still Face Difficulty Finding STEM Workers

Cellular telephone technician at work on circuit board in Syracuse New York
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By Moriah Costa

WASHINGTON -- U.S. companies are finding it difficult to find skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and math, and need to advertise longer to fill positions in so-called STEM fields, a study released Tuesday found.

STEM jobs that require a doctoral degree are advertised an average of 50 days, compared with 33 days for non-STEM jobs, according to the Brookings Institution. STEM jobs requiring a master's degree take an average of 21 days to fill, compared with 11 days for non-STEM jobs, while for bachelors and associates degrees the difference is five and seven days.

"Hiring difficulty is a serious problem for many employers seeking workers with STEM skills," Jonathan Rothwell, an associate fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, said in a statement.

The study looked at a database of 3.3 million advertisements across 52,000 companies in 2013 to determine how long jobs in various occupations were vacant. It found that the more skills and education required, and the higher the pay, the longer the job was advertised. Occupations requiring computer skills were advertised the longest, for an average of 40 to 71 days.

The regional unemployment rate has an impact on the duration of advertisements, the study found. Job openings in areas with an unemployment rate below 3 percent were advertised for 16 days and were often for STEM occupations, while jobs in areas with an unemployment rate of 10 percent or more were displayed for seven days.


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frank1946

Kids need to starve to motivate them.............................OK with me !

July 02 2014 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clublodi

A friend of mine worked for a company that recruted for some of the bigger firms in the area. They would intentionaly advertise for jobs that required advanced degrees for 35 and 40 thousand dollars a year so that when no one applied or underqualified people applied they could go to the government and ask for M1 visas and bring in people from outside the US. Its not a lack of qualified workers in this country its employers that don't want to pay enough for their employees to ever pay off their student loans.

July 01 2014 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jrc11340

Of course they can't find any stem workers.As soon as they get their education they go back to there own countries and start hacking our computers,developing weapons that can't be found at airports.We truely are the stupidest and gulible nation in the world. we have some of the smartest and brightest minds in this country but the corporations are more interested in paying there CEO's millions in salary and millions in severence pay. The share holders are also getting screwed too.The dividends would be higher if they would wake up and tell there board of directors to take a pay cut and give the share holders the results as to how they cut the fat. They could hire some one for 20-30 yrs for 3 million where as they pay that out in less than a year to a ceo his cfo and coo and some othere hi priced execs that is in cohouts with the board. Wake up people

July 01 2014 at 11:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Isabella

The real problem is they don't want to pay people what they are worth. I have a bachelors in engineering and have gone throught the gambit of looking profusely for a start up job. When I tell them my qualifications, they shun away as to not want to say I'm overqualified. They need to make up their minds about paying for quality and not quantity.

July 01 2014 at 9:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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jrc11340

I feel you pain.The people in the board rooms have a cash cow in this country and they only want to keep all the money for them selves.I think if you have andegree in engineering it must be a masters. and then take your talents to a country like Germany, Japan, So.Koreaany free democratic country where you can get experiance.Also the next time they hr people in this country tell you you are over qualified ask them where and thought one needed experiance to be qualified.you will 90% of the time catch them in a lie.

July 01 2014 at 11:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ectullis

Could it be because everything is outsourced?

July 01 2014 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jrc11340

Yes and No. read the above where we have to be able to develope a system like what the countries do in responce to outsourcing. There are ways to make it work.

July 01 2014 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

I'm not hiring but if I am I look less for STEM qualifications and more for people with talent.
Bill Gates doesn't even have a degree and you could say he's done well in tech.
To ease friction and pay issues I recommend hire both then encourage the non-degree employees to sign-up for STEM classes.

July 01 2014 at 7:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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jrc11340

Bill gates had quite a few people working with him in the begining they worked with steve jobs at apple then screwed him with IBM contract. Anyone who started with gates has become multi-millionairs and billionares.He also started in a garage..Thats not talent its knowing what to do and be able to find a use for it thats what he did with IBM.

July 02 2014 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
renner1234

Why is this such a mystery.

Education in this country has gone downhill due to the unions, due to liberal philosophy and as drug use goes up.

Uneducated people will not find jobs in these market places.

The economy has been so sluggish because Obama/Democrats do not care about middleclass.

70 Percent of job created by Obama have been part time jobs. That is not helpful.

July 01 2014 at 3:33 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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ectullis

The dumbing down of the country started with affirmative action in the late 60s earlt 70s and culminated with what we have in the"White House " now. Obsama is both a symptom and a cause of what is wrong with the country of late.

July 01 2014 at 9:02 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
TINKDAY

advanced degrees in the hard sciences, have always been hard to fill, this is nothing new and does not explain the terrible employment market in this country for the average citizen, that the government tries to hide. Lack of jobs and poor pay for those jobs are a growing problem,very soon the few will have it all and the many will have nothing and than the many will take back everything they have lost and more and the few will not be able to stop them, this is not good for this country or the world.

July 01 2014 at 2:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
sandi

but we still graduate 5 times as many lawyers as needed.

July 01 2014 at 1:32 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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ted_wilson7

If we didn't have ANY, we wouldn't need any.

July 01 2014 at 1:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
aircraftem

Companies need to look overseas at China and India for their STEM engineers and scientists. That's where they have been putting all their cash for over a decade, in growing their futures. Places like Bangalore and Shanghai. Isn't that right GE, UTC?

July 01 2014 at 11:41 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Iselin007

The only stem these jerks will find will have thorns on it.

July 01 2014 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply