STEM jobs that require a doctoral degree are
advertised an average of 50 days, compared with 33 days for
non-STEM jobs, according to the Brookings Institution. STEM jobs
requiring a master's degree take an average of 21 days to fill,
compared with 11 days for non-STEM jobs, while for bachelors and
associates degrees the difference is five and seven days.
"Hiring difficulty is a serious problem for many employers
seeking workers with STEM skills," Jonathan Rothwell, an
associate fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program,
said in a statement.
The study looked at a database of 3.3 million advertisements
across 52,000 companies in 2013 to determine how long jobs in
various occupations were vacant. It found that the more skills
and education required, and the higher the pay, the longer the
job was advertised. Occupations requiring computer skills were
advertised the longest, for an average of 40 to 71 days.
The regional unemployment rate has an impact on the duration of
advertisements, the study found. Job openings in areas with an
unemployment rate below 3 percent were advertised for 16 days
and were often for STEM occupations, while jobs in areas with an
unemployment rate of 10 percent or more were displayed for seven
(Reporting by Moriah Costa; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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