The U.S. Office of Science & Technology Policy Comments on STEM, Need for ‘One Million More’ STEM Professionals

A key component to success is adaptability, and in this evolving workforce, that pretty much seems to be the case. In an article published by Michael Feder, a policy analyst at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the issue of STEM and the need for one million more of such professionals is discussed, as well as how to go about achieving such a goal.

Feder gives mention to President Obama and his views on STEM in his piece, writing, “President Obama has said time and again that science and innovation are key components of a strong American economy and that increasing opportunities for young Americans to gain STEM skills can both create jobs and enhance our national competitiveness.

The Department of Commerce estimates that STEM occupations will grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations over the period from 2008 – 2018. In order to meet these workforce needs, the United States will need approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than are projected to graduate over the next decade.”

Feder outlines some ways to achieve a greater STEM presence with a “CAP” goal, which he explains and cites as a “close collaboration with industry, academia, foundations, and other partners.”

You can read the full article on the OSTP website.

 

 

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