The STEM Crisis is a Myth: An Ongoing Discussion

Throughout the month of September, we'll provide continuing coverage and debate

Feature Story

In our September 2013 feature article, “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth” author Robert N. Charette argued that

…there is indeed a STEM crisis—just not the one everyone’s been talking about. The real STEM crisis is one of literacy: the fact that today’s students are not receiving a solid grounding in science, math, and engineering.

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Further Questions

Is a Career in STEM Really for Me?

An 8th grader ponders the options, finds science and engineering far down on the list

Is There a U.S. IT Worker Shortage?

New demand for big data, cloud computing and HIT workers will be in millions by 2015

An Engineering Career: Only a Young Person’s Game?

Half-life of knowledge pressures employers to seek out young engineers

What Ever Happened to STEM Job Security?

A personal view on how decades of recurring recessions, downsizing, outsourcing and H-1B visas changed the social compact between STEM workers and their employers

Are STEM Workers Overpaid?

Lowering STEM worker pay seems to be hidden agenda of many tech companies

Corporate Recruiters Insist There Really Is a STEM Worker Shortage

Well, maybe half (or possibly only 42 percent) of those surveyed think there is one

Is It Fair to Steer Students into STEM Disciplines Facing a Glut of Workers?

IEEE-USA briefing finds little need for more H-1B visas in the United States


Reader Panel Weighs In

IEEE Spectrum recently posed a number of questions about STEM education to a select group of IEEE members. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they would “strongly encourage” a student to pursue a career path in STEM because it is “interesting and stimulating work” and one in which a person “can make a difference in the world.”

Share Your Perspective

Would you encourage a student to pursue a career in STEM?

IEEE Spectrum forecasters overwhelmingly say “yes”

Is there a shortage of STEM students and STEM professionals?

Most IEEE Spectrum forecasters think there is, and that the shortage is worse in their own country than in the world at large