July 18, 2014
Occupational Short-term and Long-term State and Regional Projections Released
Employment projections give an overview of where the Missouri economy may be headed based on past and present trends. The purpose is to offer some insight into questions regarding the future growth or decline of industries and occupations. Job openings are classified as “Growth” and “Replacement” openings. Growth openings are new jobs that are added to the economy, while replacement openings are vacancies created by worker mobility or retirements, but are not new jobs. Missouri is projected to have nearly 180,000 job openings from 2013 to 2015. During this time, the 20 occupations with the most projected total openings in the state include 4 Office and Administrative Support Occupations, 3 Sales Related Occupations and 3 Food Prep and Serving Related Occupations.
Census Bureau Reports Majority of STEM College Graduates Do Not Work in STEM Occupations
The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM — are not employed in STEM occupations. In addition, men continue to be overrepresented in STEM, especially in computer and engineering occupations. About 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men.