According to this Fortune Magazine article, there is a rising demand for STEM jobs (that's science, technology, engineering, and math), and the article implies that there are not enough qualified Americans to fill them.
Shelley Dubois writes:
STEM education will need to pick up soon so that schools can prepare middle and high school students who will enter the workforce when those jobs become available.
If not, America will face an embarrassing problem -- a pocket of good, available jobs and an inability to fill them.
It has been my impression that a lot of people who major in STEM fields in college can’t find jobs in what they majored in and wind up working in computer programming. So this means we have too many people majoring in STEM (except for computer programming) rather than not enough STEM majors. And computer programming doesn’t require any fancy education in high level math and science. Anyone who understands algebra can learn to program computers. Before they started importing a lot of immigrant programmers, they would hire people who majored non-STEM fields to be computer programmers. And I have to say that some of the best programmers I’ve worked with did not major in STEM.
Regarding the math skills of middle and high school students, that’s highly correlated with g so there isn’t much we can do to fix that problem except to have eugenics laws which encourage high-IQ people to have children and discourage low-IQ people from having children. So what the reporter writes is a lot of nonsense.
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Who is Shelley Dubois? I found this bio (and there’s a photo of her there) which was written before she graduated from NYU:
Shelley is in New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a B.A. in biological anthropology. Her experience in Costa Rica her junior year — collecting insects, tagging plants, and chasing capuchin monkeys — solidified her love of science. As a senior, she discovered UCSD's science writing curriculum and has pursued internships in the field ever since, most recently at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She also volunteered for three months on a sustainable farm in Ghana.
She graduated from UCSD in 2007, so she's probably 26 years old.
Strangely, I couldn’t find anything else about her using my normal internet sleuthing techniques. So I don’t know where she lives or where she’s from or who her parents are. But her parents must be at least wealthy enough to pay for her trips to Costa Rica and Ghana.
Given her non-elite education, I don’t think it’s likely that she will ever get hired by the New York Times.