A skills gap for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs is making those positions the hardest to fill, says a new Brookings Institution study.
STEM skills are in short supply and high demand, with the median duration of advertising for a STEM vacancy lasting twice as long as for a non-STEM vacancy, according to the study. Professional STEM vacancies are in higher demand now than before the recession, particularly in those asking for computer or software skills.
According to Forbes, the information technology and software companies with the most open STEM jobs right now are Amazon, with 2,183 open STEM positions, Oracle, with 1,181 open STEM positions, and IBM, with 871 open STEM positions.
Another Forbes article says the top 10 cities for STEM job openings right now are:
- Washington, D.C.
- San Jose, Calif.
- San Francisco
- New York City
- Los Angeles
A Kansas City Star article on the STEM skills shortage says that most companies, not just high-tech or science-focused companies, are competing for the workers, as every employer “needs some kind of computer or high-skill training on staff.”
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