Posts Tagged ‘Skills Mismatch’

The feasibility factor – when a wage-mismatch stifles STEM…

February 18, 2014

In a recent post, Jared Bernstein gave voice to an issue that I have long been concerned about:  the feasibility of many STEM career tracks.  With all the hand-wringing about STEM, the facts surrounding wage stagnation and even depression are being blithely ignored. Everyone is bemoaning the so-called “skills-mismatch” without considering whether the salaries being offered are commensurate or even doable given the required years and cost of training for these careers.  Education is expensive and the “numbers” have to work for people to even bother entering certain career tracks.


Of purple squirrels, job impossible and the “skills mismatch”….

March 22, 2013

About a year ago a friend of mine who is still a working scientist read a job description to me and asked me what I thought.  It took five minutes just rattle off the list of required skills and experience. I started doing some quick math.  The list was Byzantine at best.  Why anyone would take such a twisted path through a maze of seemingly unrelated scientific disciplines baffled me.  I couldn’t imagine that anyone in the world would have that skill set.  But had someone actually managed to fit that job description, they couldn’t be a day under the age of 60.  I told my friend this and she agreed and asked “But why?”

Why indeed would anyone put out a job description that no one on the planet could possibly fulfill?  Its an interesting question and though its an issue that is not unique to science, the long training pipeline of the scientist brings an issue that seems to be plaguing our grim job market into sharp focus.


The Skills-Mismatch Conundrum – employees won’t play if employers won’t pay…

December 3, 2012

During the recent presidential election we heard a repetitive drone of anxiety and hand-wringing about the “skills mismatch” phenomena.  Its this strange lack of interest in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math) that seems to have corporate CEOs, academics, and public officials all baffled.  Why – oh why – in a time of high unemployment can we not entice our young people into these fields of study that are vital for our standing in the 21st century?  Its all so strange….