It’s an article of faith in my profession that America has a chronic shortage of scientific and engineering professionals, so there’s a constant imperative to recruit more students into the STEM disciplines. Turns out this is a wee bit exaggerated:
The Georgetown study estimates that nearly two-thirds of the STEM job openings in the United States, or about 180 000 jobs per year, will require bachelor’s degrees. Now, if you apply the Commerce Department’s definition of STEM to the NSF’s annual count of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees, that means about 252 000 STEM graduates emerged in 2009. So even if all the STEM openings were entry-level positions and even if only new STEM bachelor’s holders could compete for them, that still leaves 70 000 graduates unable to get a job in their chosen field.
There are STEM boosters who think that a little remediation, a few hours of mentoring, and a whole lot of rah-rah will turn this guy into a robotics engineer.