Trump’s' Hire American’ Policy Hampered by Shortage of Local STEM Graduates [Video]By Eleanor Bright, UniversityHerald Reporter
President Donald Trump's 'Hire American" policy brought dilemma to technology companies that need skilled workers in STEM fields. Although they are willing to comply, they cannot find enough number of local job seekers who can fill vacant job positions in their company.
The need for foreign workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is urgent and real. STEM graduates are hard to find not just in the United States of America but also around the world, according to Forbes. If companies follow Trump's "Hire American" policy, there would not be enough American STEM graduates to fill all vacant positions.
Trump's "Hire American" policy did not look into the fact that the shortage of STEM graduates was not only true in America but also around the world. Companies that could not perform well because they lack human resource might decide to transfer to countries where there would be skilled workers to do the job.
Every year, there is an average of 237,826 graduate in science, technology, engineering and math courses a year. Supporters of Trump's "Hire Americans" policy considered this number enough to meet manpower demands.
However, it was estimated that by 2018, the United States of America would have 2.4 million jobs available. More than 1.2 million jobs would require STEM graduates. Given this statistics, the US would end up losing badly needed workers to keep the country moving forward, according to Economic Times.
For the Trump's "Hire American" policy to prosper, the country has to convince high school graduates to enroll in STEM programs. This means the country had to wait two to four years for the students to finish a STEM-related course.
The problem is while the country is waiting for its first batch of STEM graduates, the rest of the world could have advanced in these fields already. The US would be left behind almost three to four years by its counterparts.