The US Needs More Engineers. What’s the Solution?

The gap between new engineering roles created and new engineers entering the U.S. market each year is stark with projections estimating that nearly one-third of engineering roles will remain unfilled each year through at least 2030. The profession is challenged by insufficient training and limited coordination between industries and educational institutions. To help bridge the gap, BCG and SAE are working together to initiate a coordinated, multipronged, and sustainable response effort that involves both public and private-sector players.

Key takeaways

A sustained, coordinated, and multipronged approach involving both public and private sector players is the single best way to ensure a continuous supply of skilled professionals.

  • The gap between new engineering roles created and new engineers entering the U.S. market each year is stark, with about a third of new roles unfilled.
  • The profession faces a struggle to boost diversity and inclusion, along with insufficient training and limited coordination across industries and between industries and educational institutions.
  • Resolving these issues will require major stakeholders — employers, educators, and the government — to cooperate in new ways.
  • BCG and SAE International are working together to identify a core orchestrator that will be responsible for choreographing a collaborative effort to address this serious shortage.

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