The sixth annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report was released this week by St. Louis Community College. It showed that employment in the STEM fields ― science, technology, engineering and math ― is expected to increase by 12.4 percent in the St. Louis region by 2022.
Researchers surveyed nearly 500 STEM employers in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area, which included 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois.
The demand to fill STEM jobs outnumbers the amount of applicants for those positions in Missouri, according to the interim president of St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park campus. In order to compensate for the lack of applicants, employers said they were training less experienced employees or recruiting individuals from outside the St. Louis region.