Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations are critical to our continued economic competitiveness because of their direct ties to innovation, economic productivity, even though they will only be 5 percent of all jobs in the U.S. economy by 2018.
The disproportionate influence of STEM raises a persistent concern that we are not producing enough STEM workers to compete successfully in the global economy. We find that this concern is warranted – but not for the reasons traditionally claimed.
The growing demand for STEM talent allows and encourages the diversion of students and workers with STEM competencies.
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