The unemployment rate these days has 3.6 unemployed individuals for every job listing. But for STEM jobs this is certainly not the case. The shortage of qualified workers runs at about two job openings for every one STEM candidate. STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are crucial fields when it comes to driving innovation in the United States, but there is a real struggle for businesses to find the right people.
So where is this gap, that is so contradictory to what we think about unemployment, even coming from? Some suggest that it could be rooted in education. Most graduates with degrees that fall in the STEM category don’t get jobs within that field at all.
By 2018, there is a predicted 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs. While jobs overall are expected to have a growth of about 10 percent, STEM jobs are predicted to grow by 17 percent.
Check out this infographic for more on the world of STEM jobs and let us know what you think in the comment section!