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Department of Defense urged to overhaul recruitment practices for STEM professionals


Friday, October 26, 2012
An increase in the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is imperative to growth and stability in both the private and public sectors.

In response to the predicted shortfalls in the number of STEM graduates, officials at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Research Council (NRC) have urged the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to reevaluate its recruitment policies. A report issued by the two agencies stated that greater emphasis should be placed on attracting and retaining skilled STEM graduates from colleges across the country.

"Making DOD employment an attractive career choice to the most qualified and motivated professionals will pay enormous dividends to the department and the nation," C.D. Mote, a professor of engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, said in a statement. Without changes to the current hiring and retention practices, the DOD faces the problem of losing highly skilled professionals to the private sector or to jobs overseas.

STEM graduates are in high demand in the private sector, which may prompt high school seniors selecting a major to consider a career in science. According to Fox 8 Cleveland, many companies across Ohio are actively pursuing STEM graduates to fill vacant positions in biomedical engineering, alternative and renewable energy, petrochemical engineering, health care, information technology and aeronautical manufacturing.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800893411-ADNFCR

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