Solving the Diversity Dilemma (February 2015)
Our nation’s prospects hinge on how well it responds to demographic change. The future of U.S. leadership in technology and innovation will increasingly depend on young women and people of color.
If current trends persist, we are in for a world of trouble. CTEq examined trends in three major occupations that require substantial STEM skills: engineering, computing, and advanced manufacturing. None offers a rosy picture of the future.
There is encouraging news, however. There are strategies and initiatives that succeed in bringing girls and young people of color into STEM fields. The biggest problem, however, is scale: these strategies and initiatives are not reaching the vast majority of the nation’s children and youth. In response, the business community is leading an all-hands-on-deck effort to ensure that every young person enjoys access to the best learning opportunities in STEM.
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The demand for STEM talent is growing: JPG
Whites and Asians still dominate the STEM workforce: JPG
African Americans and Latinos have lost ground in STEM: JPG
Women in STEM have seen no improvement since 2001: JPG
The aging STEM workforce: JPG