Washington: Sounding an alarm bell over
the challenge from "hungry" Indian and Chinese students, US
President Barack Obama has asked Americans to focus more on
science, mathematics and technology to ensure that "jobs of
future" stay within the shores.
Acknowledging that American firms are having a tough
time finding the right candidates for jobs in science and
technology, Obama, travelling to Durham in North Carolina,
said it is not a good sign for the future of the country.
"So these are the jobs of the future. These are the
jobs that China and India are cranking out. Those students are
hungry because they understand if they get those skills they
can find a good job, they can create companies, they can
create businesses, create wealth. And we`re falling behind in
the very fields we know are going to be our future," Obama
"So we can do better than that. We must do better than
that. If we`re going to make sure the good jobs of tomorrow
stay here in America, stay here in North Carolina, we`ve got
to make sure all our companies have a steady stream of skilled
workers to draw from," he said.
Obama said at present there are more than four
job-seekers for every job opening in America.
"But when it comes to science and high-tech fields,
the opposite is true. The businesses represented here tell me
they`re having a hard time finding high-skilled workers to
fill their job openings," he said.
Obama said only four per cent of all undergraduate
students enrol in the STEM subjects -? science, technology,
engineering, and maths.
Of those students, one-third will switch out of those
fields, and only about two in five will graduate with a STEM
degree or certification within six years, he added.