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Manufacturing & The Economy

Emerson Survey Shows Interest in STEM Careers, Lack of Encouragement

As the world faces a skilled workforce gap, the fifth annual STEM survey by Emerson found that 6 out of 10 Americans are interested in pursuing STEM careers – but fewer than 4 in 10 (39%) have felt encouraged to do so. The disparity is even more pronounced among women: 2 out of 3 U.S. women say they were not encouraged to pursue a career in STEM.

While the survey found that younger generations across the globe are three times more likely to be encouraged to pursue STEM careers than generations before them, there are still several critical gaps to address – particularly as industries continue to report that they cannot find individuals with the skills required for today’s advanced workplaces. For example, the National Association of Manufacturers found that more than 70% of manufacturers are concerned about finding workers with appropriate skills.

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