We Have a Deficit of Science & Engineering Talent in the United States – The long-term prosperity of our Nation will increasingly rely on talented and motivated individuals who will comprise the vanguard of scientific and technological innovation – S&E professionals. The statistics supporting this statement are a strong testimonial to an urgency and scale of the problem all of us face.
Attrition of S&E Students at the University Level
More than 40 percent of students in the United States who start as engineering and science majors end up switching to other majors or even dropping out of school.2
We Rely Heavily on Foreign-born S&E Talent
33 percent of all U.S. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math) students in U.S. universities are foreign students on temporary visas, and 57 percent of U.S. postdoctoral fellows in STEM fields hold temporary visas.3
Students in Other Countries Are Outperforming Our Highest-achieving Students
U.S. 15-year-olds in the 90th percentile (our top students) scored below their peers in 26 countries on mathematics literacy, and below 21 countries on science literacy.1
Lack of Qualified S&E Professionals to Satisfy Industry Needs
It’s difficult to recruit employees in the U.S. with the skills, training, and education the companies need, despite unemployment at over 8% and millions of Americans seeking jobs.2 (dpiX, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, etc.)
Foreign-born Doctoral Degree Holders Constitute an Increasing Share of the S&E Workforce
Representing about 50% of the workforce in engineering and computer science, 37% and 43% of the workers in the physical sciences and mathematics.3
Just in the state of Colorado, within the next five years, we are facing the point of no return.
By 2018, Colorado will experience 57,000 shortage in S&E professionals.
Remember, this is an outlook of just one state! On a national level the trend continues to grow.
Sources: 1. Colorado Department of Education. (2012). Pupil Membership by School and Grade level; 2. Colorado Department of Education. (2012). Graduates and Completers by District; 3. National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). The Condition of Education 2011; 4. George Town University, Center on Education and Workforce. (2012). STEM