By John Winters, G’11
Several initiatives address diversity and the future needs of in-demand fields
STEM sells. These days more than ever.
Workers are in great demand in the various fields that fall under the rubric of science, technology, engineering and math.
During the pandemic, scientists of all stripes were celebrated for their work and breakthroughs. While these workers helped millions survive and ultimately brought an end to the pandemic, science itself has been on trial in the debates over everything from climate change to the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
The pandemic provided a triumphant moment for science, but the flip side was that it exacerbated an existing manpower problem in the sciences. As the employment firm Randstad puts it, “When it comes to hiring and retention in 2022, STEM employers will once again have their work cut out for them. The shortage of qualified candidates that existed before the pandemic still rages on, worsened, even, by 2021’s record-high employee quit rates.”