US skills shortage to worsen says AEA

US skills shortage to worsen says AEA
Tom Foremski The skills shortage in the US is set to worsen as the number of high-tech graduates continues to decline. According to a Cyber Education survey by the American Electronics Association (AEA), the number of doctoral degrees in engineering, computer science, maths and physics declined by five per cent between 1990 and 1996. “One of the key messages of this report comes in the form of a question. Specifically, can the high-tech industry in the next Millennium continue to grow given the deficiencies in the American educational system?” said Edward Bersoff, AEA chairman . The study also showed that students in US schools are trailing their international peers in science and maths. US high-tech companies are reporting a major shortage of skilled staff and are demanding that an increasing number of overseas engineers be allowed to work there.


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