EmploymentCrossing Site Reflects Thousands of STEM Jobs, Not Enough Applicants

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EmploymentCrossing.com is in agreement with the Bayer survey reporting that there are inadequate numbers of applicants to fill thousands of STEM job openings in the U.S.



We don't have to speculate about where the employment shortage is—there is no shortage of STEM jobs—we need people to fill them.- Harrison Barnes, CEO at EmploymentCrossing

More new science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) jobs are being created than new non-STEM jobs today at U.S. Fortune 1000 companies, according to 67 percent of the respondents to the latest Bayer Facts of Science Education survey. The sample included talent recruiters from both STEM and non-STEM companies. The survey indicates that there is a rising demand for STEM degree holders with a workforce shortage for these open positions.

A recent job search on the EmploymentCrossing website indicates that there are more 2.5 million job opportunities, with thousands of open STEM jobs within varying industries, covering a broad geographic location in the U.S. A recent search on the site indicates that the largest opportunities exist in Engineering jobs (176,000), Science jobs (48,000), Technology jobs (121,000), and Mathematic jobs (25,000). Many of these are academic posts.

"The workforce reality is that there are literally thousands of open positions in a range of industries that yet have to be filled," said Harrison Barnes, Chief Executive Officer at EmploymentCrossing, a job aggregation and employment site featuring domestic and global job opportunities. "The recent Bayer survey demonstrates a trend going forward— we have a climate of unfilled positions, and we have recruiters who are predicting larger vacancies. If these positions remain unfilled it can hamper productivity and business growth."

Job growth in the STEM sector indicates recruiters face a competitive market to fill STEM job vacancies, and that two-year and four-year STEM degrees are much more in demand that potential employees who do not have STEM degrees. Moreover, the field STEM field presents a mosaic of factors that are attractive to qualified candidates with growth, opportunity and salary.

According to the Bayer Online Newsroom, the Fortune 1000 companies are challenged with finding qualified, degreed candidates to fill the vacancies. The survey states that "only 16 percent or less of participating Fortune 1000 companies are seeing adequate numbers of qualified African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian two- and four-year STEM degree job candidates. And overall, just over half (55 percent) of these companies can find, in a timely manner, adequate numbers of qualified job candidates with two-year STEM degrees."

"The survey indicates that recruiters are having a difficult time filling open positions because there are just not enough applicants. Given the scenario, we don't have to speculate about where the employment shortage is—there is no shortage of STEM jobs—we need people to fill them," said Barnes.

About EmploymentCrossing:

EmploymentCrossing is part of the Employment Research Institute, which is one of the most powerful and comprehensive organizations dedicated to helping professionals find jobs that will enhance their careers. Employment Research Institute consists of 120+ of industry-specific and 120+ location-specific job boards which consolidates every job opening it can find in one convenient location. The website also offers a seventy two-hour free trial to new members.

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