If the goal is to hire an engineering workforce that reflects the population at large, then employers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields are failing. Consider that African-Americans comprised 3.6 percent of the engineering workforce in 2013, while Hispanics constituted 6.6 percent and women accounted for 14.8 percent, according to the National Science Foundation. Meanwhile, the need for engineering and STEM professionals is growing tremendously.

Low minority workforce participation in engineering and STEM generally is driven by low numbers of African-American, Hispanic, American Indian and other underrepresented populations pursuing degrees in these fields. READ MORE AT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

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