Workers specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, can help businesses retool, compete and thrive in the 21st-century economy. Far too many companies in Utah’s leading industries are struggling to fill crucial STEM positions. Employers here should turn to highly skilled military veterans, who increasingly leave the military with advanced technical expertise but are too often overlooked for STEM jobs.
STEM jobs comprise a diverse range of positions across a wide range of industries, including civil engineers, financial analysts, software developers and even accountants. However, what ties this assorted group of jobs together — and makes them difficult to fill — is the need for a very particular set of skills, including mathematical proficiency, analytical reasoning and research capabilities.
This year alone, the demand for STEM jobs in Utah went up by 33 percent. And yet, thousands of these jobs still need to be filled, despite being some of the best-paying and most rewarding positions on the job market.
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