More on the STEM ‘Shortage’: The Electrical Engineering Edition

The STEM job market just keeps getting better and better (boldface mine):

Despite an expanding use of electronics in products, the number of people working as electrical engineers in U.S. declined by 10.4% last year.

The decline amounted to a loss of 35,000 jobs and increased the unemployment rate for electrical engineers from 3.4% in 2012 to 4.8% last year, an unusually high rate of job losses for this occupation.

But wait, it gets better! Or something:

The number of employed software developers, the largest IT occupation segment, increased by only 1.75%, to 1.1 million, a gain of 19,000. The unemployment rate for developers last year was 2.7%, which is still elevated, according to Hira.

Jobs for computer systems analysts increased by 35,000, to 534,000, an increase of 7%, but Hira said it is the most common H-1B occupation and that nearly all those gains went to H-1B visa holders.

Driving down wages. Because America. Or something.

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1 Response to More on the STEM ‘Shortage’: The Electrical Engineering Edition

  1. Lindsay says:

    Holy shit! My dad’s a (retired) Double E.

    He wanted us all to go into engineering too because he figured it was such a good way to get a guaranteed job and a good income.

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