STEM grads not spared gender disparity

The science, technology, engineering and maths world has become riven with contradictions as tech credentials serve as tickets to any sort of job.

A new report has found that STEM qualifications help shield men, but not women, from unemployment. While STEM-qualified men are less likely to be jobless than their non-STEM counterparts, the reverse is true for women.

And while STEM study generally favours careers in the commercial world, that rule does not apply to doctorates. The report found that while 85 per cent of STEM-qualified workers were in the private sector — compared with 77 per cent of those with non-STEM qualifications — just 43 per cent of workers with STEM PhDs were in private settings.

Perhaps most confusingly, Australian Bureau of Statistics research shows STEM jobs have grown 50 per cent more quickly than non-STEM jobs. But the new report shows that the number of people with non-STEM qualifications has grown about 70 per cent more quickly than the STEM-qualified population.

“It is a bit of a contradiction, but it’s what the data shows,” said Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, whose office commissioned the new report. It used the most comprehensive data set available — the 2011 Census — to track STEM-qualified people in the labour market.

Read the complete article in The Australian (Licensed by Copyright Agency) AUS Apr 6 12:00 am:



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