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October 5, 2017

Report finds gap in STEM jobs here

SEATTLE — Tech jobs in Washington aren't restricted to companies like Amazon or Microsoft, according to a new report by the Technology Alliance, an industry group.

The report found that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are in every industry and every community in the state, comprising anywhere from 8 to 20 percent of the workforce in every region.

“We often think STEM jobs in Washington state are software developers and engineers concentrated in the Puget Sound,” said Carol Rava, CEO at the Technology Alliance, in a statement.

“What we found is that there is no part of the state nor industry that is not increasingly reliant on a STEM-trained workforce — and our higher education system cannot keep up.”

Though industries are increasingly dependent on workers with high-tech skills, there's a significant gap between employer demand and the supply of workers with the desired degrees and training, according to the report.

Download the report at http://bit.ly/2gc99EK.


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