Dr. Hal Salzman, Rutgers University professor of the E.J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, explained the current situation to the assembled Senators. Reviewing the evidence about the STEM workforce supply, Dr. Salzman provided a number of important points.
A glut of American graduates exist was the first point. “Overall, our colleges and universities graduate twice the number of STEM graduates as find a job each year; that is, only about half of our STEM graduates enter the STEM workforce,” according to Dr. Salzman. The second point made by the professor was that “[o]f the entire workforce, only about a third of those with STEM degrees are employed in STEM jobs.”