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Jobs requiring STEM skills take longer to fill

Filling STEM jobs continues to post a challenge for employers

STEM-jobsThe difficulty of filling STEM jobs is a challenge, and it’s going to get worse. That’s the assessment of a report published in early July.

Across a range of industries and occupations, job postings for science, technology, engineering or math openings are being advertised on employers’ web pages far longer than for non-STEM jobs, the new Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program study finds.

“That’s 100 percent correct,” said Cynthia Smith, recruitment manager at the University of Kansas Hospital. “It’s never been easy to find qualified people for specialized STEM positions. Those jobs have a tendency to take up to 12 weeks to fill, if not a year.”

(Next page: What research reveals about STEM jobs)

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