Thursday, July 18, 2013
Is STEM really the job answer?
These are supposedly the promised career fields to cure the country and employ everyone.
I saw a panel on Book TV last weekend about college--it centered on William Bennett's book Is College Worth It? The panel was the older, male, kind of fusty types--academics--but they seemed to think maybe college was overpriced and did not really guarantee a lucrative job or a good life.
Another academic, UC Davis computer science professor Norman S. Matloff, says the so-called STEM shortage is "a web of deceit designed to trick the whole country."
Many jobs in the STEM area don't require a degree. Less than 5% of jobs in the tech field even require a high level of knowledge.
Everyone knows some of the big boys never went to college--or quit. Gates, Ellison, etc.
Experts say we have enough grads or older people out of work to fill posts, but foreign workers are cheaper. These are the H-1B workers. Once an employer brings them in, they cannot leave for another employer--they are stuck. Employers like that.
Employers want Congress to let them bring in more H-1B visa types.
So if you are trying to force yourself into the engineering mold--research first. The "accepted widom" would be wrong.