The truth behind the shortage of STEM graduates That was the main finding revealed at the TARGETjobs Breakfast News event held in London last week, which was attended by around 200 graduate recruiters and representatives of universities and agencies. There are plenty of graduates of technical fields in the U.S. There is some truth to that, but it is not the entire story. STEM graduates make up about 17% of four-year undergraduates and about 5 to 7% of the overall workforce. Shortage of STEM graduates threatens our economy, says don. Minderjeet Kaur - August 28, 2019 10:15 AM. Partnerships between local educational institutions and companies have helped narrow the gap between employers’ needs and the skills of current applicants in recent years, but a shortage of qualified engineers still persists and more graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are needed to meet demand, business and university leaders told the Business Journal. The Tandon School recently started “A Bridge to N.Y.U. Even for STEM graduates who do not go into STEM fields, it is claimed that they will still do better economically than non-STEM graduates. The flow of U.S. students (citizens and permanent residents) into STEM fields has been strong over the past decade, and the number of U.S. graduates with STEM … But the thing is, there isn't really a STEM shortage. The fact is, other industries are giving Stem graduates better offers. The World Economic Forum reported that China had 4.7 million recent STEM graduates in 2016, and India had 2.6 million new STEM graduates, while the United States had only 568,000. STEM field graduates coupled with decreasing foreign STEM talent to mitigate the supply shortage. By. ... China’s STEM education also suffers from a major shortage of both professional science teachers and proper science training for teachers. It's no surprise that many decide that science and technology might not be their best option. 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