STEM Talent: Increasing Demand, Decreasing Supply
Four Ways to Close the Gap
The demand for talent in STEM careers is growing, but student interest is not.
Student interest and achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have seen little change over the past four years. But the number of STEM careers in the United States has exploded, growing more than 10 percent from 2009 to 2015. The additional 8.9 percent growth expected between 2014 and 2024 will only further the demand for new workers in the STEM fields.
Policymakers emphasize the importance of educating students for STEM-related jobs. But what can educators, administrators, parents, and students do to close the gap between STEM demand and STEM supply? A new report from ACT highlights eight key findings on STEM preparedness and four policies decision makers can implement to spur change.