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U.S. Employers Still Face Difficulty Finding STEM Workers

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

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

The AI industry (Artificial Intelligence) in Semi Valley got nailed with this, they advertised for 'professional engineers and programmers' and then offered sub-living wages. Only the Japanese and Chinese, who are backed by their governments and corporations could take the jobs as their 'backers' paid for cars, homes, food, insurances, etc., while they were here 'Stealing' our designs and proprietory manufacturing methods. By the time the AI industry woke up, it was to late, and we fully lost the marketplace.

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ) has fought this for decades to no avail, corporate greed and stupidity overruled the IEEE's complaints, and thus we LOST the entire industry to the foreigners.

We also have lost the High Speed Rail, most of the Solar, and the computer Memory technology due to inept top management and Wall Street CEOS, Is it NOT TIME to DIVORCE ourselves from these idiots?

Wake up America, WAKE UP....Please...

July 02 2014 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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
1 reply to clublodi's comment

IEEE has been complaining about this practice for decades, no one listed...

July 02 2014 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mac2jr's comment
mac2jr one listened.....

Talk about poor programming, these comment boards have some 'suckeru' programming..

July 02 2014 at 12:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

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
1 reply to jrc11340's comment

There are 55,000 seats in the top U.S.A. colleges, and to get these seats one must pay top dollar, which the foreigner are willing to pay, with of course their corporate and government help. Thus, American can no longer afford to attend many of these 'prime' institutions, but are forced to either NOT get a college degree, or get a degree from a lessor facility.

Some colleges have gone as far as to accept Million Dollar 'Donations' from Foreign Governments for building 'Wings' onto their facilities and moving the top instructors to these wings where nearly all the students are from the host foreign country...

Wake up America, WAKE UP... please..

July 02 2014 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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
2 replies to Isabella's comment

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 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

Three hundred Resumes over 2.5 years resulted in three interviews and no offers, too over-qualified, too under-qualified, and one company that gave a test and then REFUSED to tell the score, (excuse for not hiring an OLD person)...

July 02 2014 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Could it be because everything is outsourced?

July 01 2014 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ectullis's comment

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

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
1 reply to alfredschrader's comment

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

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
2 replies to renner1234's comment

As an ex-teacher who received awards from his students I offer this to you..

Teacher's do NOT buy the books, nor do they dictate the courses that MUST be taken, this is done by the BOE and others that have the 'professional brains' to tell people 'what is what'...

Teachers do NOT have the authority of power to chastise students that are misbehaving, not paying attention, sleeping in class, etc., ONLY the Parents have this necessary power.

Teachers may only spend a few hours in the classroom, but most spend tens of hours per day or week correcting papers, designing class projects, updating their educations, shopping for classroom supplies, talking to parents, and putting up with poor administrative rules.

President Obama did not create the part-time jobs, Private Industry DID. Private Industry has done everything in its power to circumvent the Laws of the United States, and to NOT hire or pay or provide benefits to the very citizens that mostly created the industries and the profits of the industries in decades past.

Obama Democrats are NOT the ones that went on the Warpath agains the American Worker, the Worker's Voices (Unions), the Worker's benefits (Retirement and Health Care), the Worker's educations (by cutting funding to thousands of schools), the Worker's salaries (by hiring illegal aliens by the 10 + millions), and thus, it is the Republicans that are 100% responsible for the current state of affairs of the American Worker.

Wake Up America, WAKE UP...

July 01 2014 at 4:10 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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

Not stated here is the reason for NOT getting an education and going to work for the 'MAN'..

Kids stand on the corner and see a BMW with a guy and a Blonde pass by on the way to the cabin crusier at the pier that is heading to some tourist island. The guy, a DOPE PUSHER that is making money into the high six figures.

Now the kid sees his father and mother, both college educated, going to work six days a week, bearly being able to pay the bills, always fighting over the lack of money, and getting older by the second..

Now which 'path' do you think this kid will be taking?

Wake Up America, WAKE UP..

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

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
1 reply to TINKDAY's comment

Why blame the government, it is the largest hiring authority in the country, and it was the Republicans at the state and federal level that decided to FIRE tens of thousands in the last four years.

The government is the only authority that can provide the number of good paying jobs we currently need. Our success in Research and Development, manufacturing advancements, material advancements, transportation advancements are all due to the Government during and after WWII, during the Space Race, and during the Computer and Internet age.

It is Corporate America that is FAILING US, it is they that took our security from us, and it is they that now complain that they cannot find success operating in the U.S.A., which is total BS..

Wake up America, WAKE UP..

July 01 2014 at 2:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply