ERIC Number: EJ855042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 13
Scientist and Engineer Shortage: Myth or Reality?
Post, Jan F.
NCSSSMST Journal, v12 n1 p28-31 Fall 2006
With clockwork regularity, the real or perceived shortage of scientists and engineers in the US pops up as a topic of debate in academic and industry circles. Discussions of an imminent shortage have deep impact for education, career prospects, immigration, and "The American Dream." The purpose of this article is twofold. First, it poses a somewhat alternative view of the current job market for scientists and engineers. Second, the article explores how this issue affects students at National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science & Technology (NCSSSMST) schools: gifted and talented high school students with an interest in math and science. Post-graduate data suggest that the students do well in their chosen careers in science or science related areas, and accumulating evidence, summarized in this article, shows that there is no current shortage of scientists or engineers. The author argues that it is more important that the nation's most capable students meet the demand for important math and science jobs than to create a large pool of college graduates with math and science degrees.
Descriptors: Labor Market, College Graduates, Scientists, High School Students, Engineering, Technical Occupations, Success, Demand Occupations, Labor Needs, Supply and Demand, Engineering Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Academically Gifted, Special Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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