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Are We Running Out of Engineers?

By Chris | September 2, 2008

No, we are not. From something I came across today:

Concerns about the science and engineering job market are not rooted in a classic labor market shortage. The earnings of scientists and engineers are not rising rapidly, relative to other highly educated workers. There are no massive job vacancies in academe, business, or government. If rapidly rising pay is the primary signal of a market shortage, then the United States has a shortfall of CEOs, professional athletes, entertainers, and hedge fund managers, not scientific and engineering specialists.

The number of science and engineering workers in this country has increased at an annual rate of 2.7 percent — which far exceeds the rate of growth of the work force. The number of bachelors and masters graduates in the fields has trended upward. The supply of PhDs in science and engineering has roughly stabilized at about 28,000 per year, more than enough to keep the stock of PhD specialists rising.

If we want the rest of the world to develop, it is unreasonable to expect the United States to be the R&D capital of the world. There are just too many other good minds in the pool of 5.5 billion who don’t call the U.S. home. Nevertheless, I agree with the author that engineers and scientists create positive externalities that deserve more subsidies.

Topics: Economics, Labor Economics | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Are We Running Out of Engineers?”

  1. Frankie Stix Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    If you had an extra 1 million dollars that you had to spend on someone other than yourself, how much would you give to help out the struggling engineers? I wouldn’t give a dime.

  2. Floor Lamp : Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    engineering jobs these days are on high demand as the economy recovers from recession`-;

  3. Hand Winch ยท Says:
    November 14th, 2010 at 6:01 am

    there are many engineering jobs that are available both online and offline because there are great demands for it these days ~-:

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