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Subject: Re: NYT: STEM students often drop out or chg ma Date: 11/14/2011 11:52 AM
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It’s also worth keeping in mind that the United States could easily produce an excess of engineers

True, but that means that future students need to research the future prospects a bit more thoroughly.

Engineering is famous for its boom/bust cycle. We are in the midst of a dip. But one suspects things will have recovered by the time most making the choice now--usually as a junior in high school--enter the job market. There is a lag factor in all of this. Over reaction in the dips produces shortages in a dozen years and then the field becomes attractive again--sometimes just in time for another dip. I think its important not to overreact either direction.

Most STEM jobs are ultimately tied to manufacturing or construction and I suppose in the case of computers, services. In spite of globalization and jobs exported to Asia or elsewhere, official figures show the US is still a leading manufacturing country. We will need engineers to keep those plants running. But of course some fields will be stronger than others.
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