The IT skills gap has become a thorn in the sides of many IT Principals. However, what is causing this division? One of the factors is the dropping number of recent graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math – better known as STEM – in the IT channel.
This blog has covered the latest news surrounding the issue over the last few months. Recent topics were the inclusion of STEM jobs in the "Immigration Innovation Act of 2013" and President Barack Obama speaking about improving STEM education during the State of the Union. However, a new study suggests that this issue may be a myth.
Released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the report found that the United States has "more than a sufficient supply of workers available to work in STEM occupations." It added that if there was a shortage, the basic dynamics of supply and demand would dictate an increase in raises. Instead, the research shows that they have been flat.
Another argument is that while the overall number of U.S. students who earn these specific degrees is relatively small, it is what happens to those recent graduates that needs to be explored. According to the study, many of them have a hard time getting employed and only half of them wind up in a STEM field.
On top of all this, the study found that 36 percent of IT workers do not have a four-year degree. Furthermore, of the 64 percent who do have diplomas, 38 percent have a computer science or math degree.
Whether or not the lack of STEM degrees is an actual issue, it does not take away from the fact that many in the enterprise are still struggling to find impactful talent and are turning toward VARs and MSPs in order to meet growing challenges.