According to data collected by the staffing and consulting firm Randstad North America, "As of 2016, the U.S. had roughly 3 million more STEM jobs available than it had skilled workers to fill them."
An article published by CNBC states that teaching kids about STEM fields earlier in life can solve the US shortage in tech workers. No surprise there.
Randstad North America conducted a survey of 1,000 students ranging from 11-17 years old and discovered that students have a misunderstanding of what STEM jobs are available to them. Further, they believe this is why only few students consider studying STEM related fields in college and eventually, pursue a career in STEM.
The data reveals that students have a general unfamiliarity with STEM skills and misconceptions about how and where they can be applied.
Chief digital officer at Randstad North America, Alan Stukalsky, believes that if we want to close the gap between available jobs and skilled workers; the key is to start teaching students earlier about STEM related subjects, and to include real-world application studies in lesson plans.
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