Workforce Population

Connecting the bio to the tech

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Science  28 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6409, pp. 1351-1352
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6409.1351-d

With so many investments being made in training current STEM students to enter a 21st-century job market, why are some biotech companies struggling to fill entry-level positions? Thompson et al. surveyed academic and industry stakeholders and found disconnects on several levels. On the university side, faculty and career counselors are unfamiliar with the career opportunities, partly because biotech companies have done a relatively poor job of marketing entry-level careers. Several obstacles limiting the placement of STEM graduates arise from this, including students not being job ready at graduation and students pursuing education beyond what is needed, leaving them overqualified. The authors make recommendations for encouraging and implementing partnerships among academia, industry, government agencies, and undergraduate institutions as a way forward.

CBE Life Sci. Educ. 17, es12 (2018).

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