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  • Jun 18 2013: This is also the similar situation here in China that fewer and fewer student choose science, technology or related subjects as their majors in college. Young men are getting increasingly practical nowadays, and they believe that achieving success in scientific field is a destination which seems too far to arrive. Some kind of underestimation of themselves or unwillingness of devotion drive them to choose some plain but normal occupations after graduation.

    I'm not professional about STEM or engineering, while this topic really interests me for it is really a hot issue discussed all around. I hope I would be a little helpful.
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      Jun 18 2013: To our friends from the East (Eva and Nisarg), thank you for your contributions. Based on your posts, I found this interesting study conducted by Accenture (September 2011):
      http://www.accenture.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/Accenture-No-Shortage-of-Talent.pdf

      You've both raised some pertinent points. The study indicates that the greatest number of STEM graduates will be coming out of the emerging economies, and that this trend will accelerate over the coming years. Perhaps this can be expected due to the generally larger populations, however it also highlights the larger proportion of all degrees being studied that are STEM subjects, relative to developed economies.

      One of the main outcomes from the study suggests that it is not so much an issue of supply of STEM graduates, but a mismatch of where the demand for these individuals is located. There may exist real localized shortages in certain regions, however on a global basis there appears to be sufficient supply of STEM talent coming through. I'd be interested to hear what others think about these findings?

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