The number of advertised job positions in Science and Technology has gone up 22 percent in the last year, driven largely by the increased emphasis on STEM skills in sectors such as mining and engineering. The mining, resources and energy, trades and services, engineering, government and defence jobs saw the biggest jumps in job offer numbers according to Seek.com.au. The current competition between engineers and IT qualified Australians is fierce. And, it is evident that we do not have enough skilled workers to fill these roles.
STEM refers to, the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. In recent years, Australia’s STEM shortage has been getting worse. Reports have shown that Australians are shying away from STEM related industries rather than getting the skills and qualifications required in the first place. Australian students are also moving away from STEM related subjects in schools, posing a real threat to the future of Australia’s economy. Internationally, STEM jobs are getting more important as technology is increasing. If Australia’s workforce and knowledge skillset doesn’t start following suit, we may be in big trouble.
Efforts to get STEM qualified
The Australian government has been trying to increase the interest in STEM related subjects at schools. They have already introduced a National STEM School Strategy, to make sure that teachers are qualified enough to teach these subjects at a high level. They have also been working on initiatives like the National Innovation and Science Agenda in order to tackle the current problem of a lack qualified teachers in schools. Other projects also include the STEM-Industry and Schools collaboration, in order to get STEM related industries in touch with their future employees, taking their knowledge to schools and trying to get students interested in prospective work.
STEM has already made such an impact all over the world and it is here to stay. Job opportunities based on STEM skills and fundamentals are on the rise, and they don’t look like they’re going to stop.
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