Australia’s future will rely on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—disciplines at the core of innovation. Our businesses will rely on STEM to compete in the emerging sectors that new technologies will create, as well as in the existing sectors which new technologies will transform. Our workforce will require specialised skills in STEM as well as high STEM literacy across the board to sustain economic growth.
We know that STEM will be critical; and yet we know very little about who possesses these skills in Australia, where they work or how their careers progress from graduation.
This report is a comprehensive overview of the data we have; and as such a measure of our capability for STEM-led change.
- In 2011, there were 2.3 million people with STEM qualifications in Australia, and 5.7 million people with Non-STEM quali cations.
- Of the STEM-qualfied population, approximately two thirds held Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualfications, while one third were higher education graduates with bachelor degrees or higher.
- Of the 1 117 011 people with certificate III and IV qualifications, just over one million had Engineering qualifications.
- The gender distribution of people with STEM qualifications was highly skewed, with males making up 84 per cent of the total.
- Thirty-five per cent of people with STEM and 31 per cent of people with Non-STEM qualifications living in Australia were born elsewhere, but there are differences across the different STEM disciplines.
- Between 2006 and 2011, the number of STEM-qualified individuals in Australia grew by 15 per cent, while the number of Non-STEM-qualified individuals grew by 26 per cent.
- The age of the STEM-qualified population varied across the disciplines; for example, almost half (49 per cent) of the Information Technology quali ed population was under the age of
34, compared to one third (33 per cent) of the Non-STEM, and 29 per cent of the STEM-qualified population.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Australia’s STEM workforce: science technology, engineering and mathematics
Governments sometimes promote reforms that increase access to education for a large share of the population. These reforms may lower the returns to education by altering returns to skills, education quality, and peer effects. This column examines a 1961 Italian reform that increased enrolment in university STEM majors among students who had previously been denied … Continue reading
OECD – Post-secondary vocational education and training plays an under-recognised role in country skill systems
School and university, and the well-trod path between them, play a dominant role in thinking about education policy. But outside these two institutions there exists a less well understood world of colleges, diplomas, certificates and professional examinations – the world of post-secondary vocational education and training. many professional and technical jobs require no more than … Continue reading
With the expansion of advanced technologies and processes into more and more fields, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) economy is much bigger than many imagine and the barriers to entry are also lower than most think. Occupations like pipefitting and welding require only a high school diploma plus technical training to start. In … Continue reading
Careers Guidance in STEM in UK – More than half of 14 to 16-year-olds interested knew very little about these jobs
While enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths, remains high among school pupils, lack of careers guidance means few young people continue into industry. Britain is facing a skills “crisis” as not enough is being done to encourage young people into STEM related careers, despite there being enthusiasm for the subjects, according to new research. … Continue reading
The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM — are not employed in STEM occupations. In addition, men continue to be overrepresented in STEM, especially in computer and engineering occupations. About 86 percent of engineers … Continue reading
Employment Total May 2013 OES employment in all STEM occupations is 16,994,480. This is nearly 13 percent of total national employment (132,588,810). Across the four types of STEM subdomains, health occupations have the most employment (8,276,100) and architecture occupations have the least employment (156,650). Of the five types of STEM occupations, the largest by far … Continue reading
A survey by job-matching service TheLadders.com revealed that the fastest-growing jobs are in the tech sector, replacing those in middle management as the positions employers are trying to fill most. Of the fastest growing job titles over the last five years, seven of the top 10 are technology positions that necessitate specific technical skills for … Continue reading
The report, Spotlight on Science Learning: The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math, estimates that less than 50 per cent of high school students graduate with senior science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, despite approximately 70 per cent of Canada’s top jobs requiring STEM education Continue reading
US / Half of all STEM jobs are available to workers without a four-year college degree finds Brookings Institute
Workers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields play a direct role in driving economic growth. Yet, because of how the STEM economy has been defined, policymakers have mainly focused on supporting workers with at least a bachelor’s (BA) degree, overlooking a strong potential workforce of those with less education but substantial STEM skills. … Continue reading
In a new EPI paper, Hal Salzman of Rutgers, Daniel Kuehn of American University and B. Lindsay Lowell of Georgetown University find little evidence to support expansion of high-skill guestworker programs as proposed in the immigration bill being debated in the Senate. Contrary to many industry claims, the study finds that U.S. colleges and universities … Continue reading
“The 21st Century Workforce: Skills Gap and the STEM Dilemma,” outlines the current lack of qualified workers and the pressing need to engage students with STEM education. Raytheon believes that in order to build the next pipeline of technologists and innovators to ensure a competitive U.S. workforce and future economic growth, students must be shown … Continue reading