EMPLOYERS WITH Non-STEM JOBS COMPETE FOR STEM WORKERS
STEM occupations are NOT the elite cluster of highest paid earners. Although STEM wages are higher and growing faster than most non-STEM occupations with comparable levels of education, they are significantly smaller as a STEM career progresses than managerial and professional STEM-Competitor occupations.
Strong competition is occurring between employers who operate in economic sectors where operations require traditional STEM occupations vs. those whose operations require elite STEM competitor occupations. Elite occupations of the national economy are where compensation is greatest and job satisfaction is highest.
Traditional STEM Ooccupations
- Life and Physical Scientists
- Engineers and Engineering Technicians
- Computer Engineers, Technicians, Administrators
- Mathematical Scientists
- Architects, Surveyors, Technicians
STEM Competitor Occupations
- Healthcare: Physicians, Nurses, Dentists (STEMM)
- Managerial: Business Executives
- Professional: Lawyers, CPAs, Accountants
WHY DO STEM WORKERS DIVERT INTO Non-STEM OCCUPATIONS?
Their Cognitive Competencies, Values, and Interests Are More Highly Valued
STEM competencies and values are in high demand in healthcare, managerial, and professional job sectors. This is the primary cause of STEM college graduates and career professionals diverting from a traditional STEM career to elite careers, where they can be more financially secure and achieve a high level of personal satisfaction.
WHAT ARE THE HIGHLY SOUGHT COGNITIVE COMPETENCIES?
Production and Processing
Computers and Electronics
Engineering and Technology
Building and Construction
Complex Problem Solving
Quality Control Analysis
Operation and Control
and then…the Non-COGNITIVE COMPETENCIES