The Conventional Portrait of the US science and engineering workforce appears frequently in the media, in statements by corporate leaders and lobbyists, and in Congressional testimony. This includes: 1. There are serious shortages or shortfalls in the US of scientists and engineers that bode ill for the creativity and competitiveness of the US economy. 2. The numbers of newly-educated scientists and engineers graduating from US universities are insufficient for the needs of US Employers. 3. These argued insufficiencies of supply are due to the weakness of US K-12 education in science and math. Conventional does not necessarily mean correct, of course. Perhaps surprisingly, the declarative statements actually are largely inconsistent with the findings of most researchers who have come to the subject with an open mind. There are no objective data suggesting general shortages of scientists and engineers. There are substantially more scientists and engineers graduating from US universities than can find attractive career openings in the US workforce.
ONE POINT OF VIEW Michael S. Teitelbaum IS THERE REALLY A SHORTAGE OF TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS? All of us are famili
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