Shortage of science graduates theory does not add up

New study reveals majority of science graduates do not work in highly skilled science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) occupations at any time in their careers.

Issued by University of Leicester on 20 August 2018
  • Study by Leicester and Warwick universities shows only minority of science graduates work in STEM
  • Study calls for more efforts to attract existing supply of science graduates into STEM

“Evidence produced by this study suggests that simply increasing the number of students studying STEM subjects at university – something that has proven very difficult – will be an ineffective way of addressing any labour shortages that may exist.” – Emma Smith and Patrick White

A new study from Leicester and Warwick universities, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has debunked the argument that there is a shortage of science graduates.

Instead, the study finds that the majority of science graduates choose not to – or are unable to – work in highly skilled science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) occupations at any time in their careers.

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