In today’s STEM-driven economy, the need to talent ratio in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is less than favorable. The scarcity and availability of qualified talent in STEM is creating a huge talent gap – and therefore, a problem for companies looking to innovate at the velocity required to stay competitive.

Taking the STEM field analysis a step further, the STEM field also lacks diversity. It is a hugely male-dominated field, which limits the talent pool even further. And based on the latest stats, the outlook for filling that gap doesn’t look too promising; it may even get worse before it gets better.

According to a Department of Education study, only 16 percent of high school seniors are interested in pursuing careers in STEM. And although those with STEM degrees are highly sought and earn higher wages than their non-STEM majoring counterparts, of those graduating with STEM degrees, 74 percent pursue non-STEM jobs, such as healthcare, law, education, and the like. From the gender standpoint, nationally only one in four girls graduating college go into any profession within the STEM field. READ MORE AT BUSINESS2COMMUNITY

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