STEM is becoming the most essential skill set for employers


The demand for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills and know-how are becoming increasingly important workplace skills across all of Australia’s industry sectors. As advances in technology change the way we work, the demand for STEM skills from employers will continue to grow.

The challenge for Australia in the age of digital disruption lies in providing graduates with the skills industries demand. In 2013 Australia’s Office of the Chief Scientist commissioned the Australia’s STEM workforce: a survey of employers report to understand the skills requirements of Australian businesses with regards to STEM. A survey of employers, conducted for the report, showed that STEM skills and knowledge are essential to our future workforce.


Over 82% of employers see STEM qualifications as valuable to the workplace


Australia’s STEM workforce: a survey of employers confirms that STEM graduates are in demand in Australian workplaces. Over 82% of respondents to the survey agreed that people with STEM qualifications are valuable to the workplace, even when their qualification is not a prerequisite for the role.

The majority of respondents recognised the innovative talents that STEM qualified staff bring to their workplaces – 71% nominated their STEM staff as among their most innovative. Almost half (45%) expected their requirements for STEM to increase over the next five years. In addition to STEM, employers also rated interpersonal skills as a highly important attribute for candidates.

Find out more and download the report from the Australia’s Chief Scientist website


Other articles of interest on this topic

Beyond Basics: STEM education and Australia’s skills shortage

Does Industry have the solution to the STEM skills shortage?

Women in STEM

Busting the Myths about Women In STEM – Office of the Chief Scientist report

Girls in Tech – International program to support girls and women in STEM


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