I have been remiss at posting Pierre Capital Journal columns here. This is the lastest. Here's the intro:
Gov. Daugaard recently went to Girls State and gave the young ladies terrible advice. The governor told them not to bother with liberals arts degrees, such as philosophy, and instead get a technical degree. This, he said, would give them a better chance at a job.
What if this is false? That is the claim of Harvard-based researcher Michael S. Teitelbaum writing in The Atlantic. Teitelbaum notes that after a number of studies, “No one has been able to find any evidence indicating current widespread labor market shortages or hiring difficulties in science and engineering occupations that require bachelors degrees or higher.” The studies indicate that the United States is producing more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) college graduates each year than it creates in STEM jobs. Matthew LeBar, of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, reports that while 11.4 million STEM degree holders work in non-STEM jobs, there are only 277,000 openings in STEM-specific jobs.