America Has More Trained STEM Graduates Than STEM Job Openings

Additional foreign high-tech workers not needed

May 07, 2013, 10:45 ET from Center for Immigration Studies

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The supply of trained graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) exceeds the number hired, and will into the foreseeable future, finds a new Center for Immigration Studies report. This new report coincides with Congress' consideration of the Rubio-Schumer immigration bill which reflects the push by tech firms to bring more H-1B temporary workers, and other STEM workers, into the United States job market.


Every year the United States welcomes more than 1 million new permanent residents, plus more than 100,000 new H-1B workers; the latter group competes primarily in the IT field with resident workers. The analysis provided by Center fellow David North shows future trends for STEM workers: "there will be three new high-tech degree holders for every two high-tech job openings for the period 2010-2020, even if employers restricted their hiring to new grads only." The report stresses that policy discussion should be focused on the total supply of STEM workers and the total need for such workers, not the number of new graduates.

"There is absolutely no need for more foreign 'high-skilled' labor," notes Mr. North. "Big business ignores the reality in order to flood the labor market with low-cost labor. Sadly, it also displaces resident workers and depresses wages."

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The report notes that were there, in fact, a skills shortage in the computer and math occupations then wages would have risen; in fact, over an 11-year period census data show that hourly wages have risen at an annual average of only 18 cents a year, from $37.27 in 2000 to $39.24 in 2011.

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