Across a range of industries and occupations, job postings for science, technology, engineering or math openings are being advertised on employers’ webpages far longer than for non-STEM jobs, the new Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program study finds.
Local data from Kansas City, one of 100 U.S. metro areas the study researched, confirmed that on average it takes days or weeks longer to fill openings that require STEM skills than non-STEM openings. The study said the overall problem will get worse.
Kansas City area hirers said they’re competing vigorously to attract engineering graduates in particular. And graduates from many specialized health and computer programs also are being snapped up.