GRAND RAPIDS – Michigan seems to have the necessary components to be the world leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as a result of our strong talent, educational institutions and industry.
Michigan’s labor supply is strong with 16.7 percent of all degrees completed are STEM degrees, which is slightly higher than the national average of 14.2 percent. Michigan is home to some of the finest higher-education institutions in the world, including some of the largest public-research universities in the nation. And since 2010, STEM employment opportunities have continued to grow, and have outpaced overall occupational growth in the state. STEM job opportunities are expected to grow by 11.8 percent through 2020 compared with 8.5 percent for all occupations. More than 75 percent of U.S. automotive research and development occurs in Michigan. Our largest metro area, Detroit, is ranked 3rd in the U.S. as a prime source for technology jobs, and is still in the top ten metro areas for patent applications – a standard in measuring innovation.
However, these components are disconnected with our current and future needs, and our edge may be slipping as a result.
Listen as Melissa Birnie interviews Gary Farina, Executive Director of Michigan STEM Partnership, to discuss current and future recommendations to enable Michigan to be competitive in retaining and fostering talent for the jobs of the future.
To listen, click on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mtam/2016/08/31/a-vision-for-stem-in-michigan