Response to xchrom (Reply #9)
Tue Mar 19, 2013, 10:37 AM
jtuck004 (15,882 posts)
29. The Never Ending Science & Technology Job Lie
The U.S. taxpayer invests in rehabbing the coursework, the buildings, the curriculum, and the student often goes into a whopping well of debt, and then who gets the majority of the jobs? I know the article above is UK, but I am hearing the same thing here as well...
Almost daily we have article plants by corporate lobbyists claiming a dire shortage in skilled labor, specifically Scientists, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians. These occupational areas are collectively known as STEM. Yet the Washington Post, normally a bastion of corporate drum beating propaganda and economic nonsense, called cash on the cry for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workers. They point to the glut of PhDs in the United States, in part due to the offshore outsourcing of pharmaceutical research.
One of the more notorious and absolutely outrageous skills shortage claims involves job training programs, often funded by U.S. taxpayer money. Instead of training Americans, we have U.S. citizens being excluded from these jobs. Yes, these training jobs are inside the United States. Literally we have only foreigners getting these OPT jobs. OPT provides critical training in high skills occupational areas, very much needed by U.S. citizen students and recent college graduates. Science Magazine sums it up.
In the 19th century, American employers regularly posted signs warning that "No Irish need apply." Now, according to a report issued by a group called Bright Future Jobs, similarly blatant discrimination is rampant among certain tech employers in the United States. This time, however, the message is "No Americans Need Apply," which also happens to be the title of the report.
The best estimate we have is from 2009 gives a whopping 650,000 H-1B Visas. The H-1B is just one foreign guest worker Visa category out of many, but it is used extensively to displace advanced R&D STEM workers. Literally the H-1B is called the offshore outsourcing Visa by the India BPO industry.
Congress Betrays The U.S. STEM Worker Once Again, here
The claim is STEM jobs create other jobs. This is true, these professional occupations can spawn other jobs, as is typical with an employment multiplier effect derived from more disposable income as well as advanced research and development itself. Although STEM's multiplier effect assumes manufacturing and supportive positions are in the United States, which these days isn't usually the case. The problem is these Science and Engineering jobs are not positions in addition to, but in place of. In other words, we have worker substitution going on where Americans are fired, employers continue with their institutionalized age, sex and U.S. citizen discrimination and simply replace the fired American with a young, typically male, foreign one. Displacing an American from that job with a foreign one does nothing to increase jobs, help the economy, or innovate. Either worker can innovate and in fact many U.S. patent and copyright holders have actually been displaced already. Innovation is work sponsored. If one doesn't have a job in R&D, odds are they will not get their ideas into the market place or even registered. Worker substitution generally hurts the economy and it obviously hurts the worker being displaced. That's what is currently happening.
The great STEM shortage lie has been going on for years, in spite of overwhelming statistics there is no shortage of Americans with STEM college degrees.
Even before the recession, less than a third of S&E degree holders were working in areas requiring or even closely associated with their degree. A full 65% of STEM graduates were in other occupations after just two years of graduating. By 2011, 53% of all college graduates couldn't either find any job or a position in their field of study. Clearly our statistics from before the 2008 recession imply things are much worse today. In fact, 70% of jobs created today require no college education at all.
H.R. 6429 targets computer and information sciences and support services, engineering, mathematics and statistics, and physical sciences occupations, the very middle class jobs most needed by Americans. Don't expect this to be the last of Congress passing laws to make sure U.S. workers are thrown out of the careers, it's their top priority of 2013, under the guise of comprehensive immigration reform. This is what politicians mean really by immigration reform. It's not humanitarian or even catering to special interest groups. Comprehensive immigration reform is all about flooding America with even more workers when we cannot employ the people who are already here.
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