ASQ: Engineering Image Problem Could Fuel Shortage
Survey results indicate the top reasons why kids may not be interested in pursuing engineering:
Findings from the adult survey on this topic show:
The ASQ survey among youth ages 8 to 17 as well as among parents aimed to provide a better understanding about the perceptions of selecting an engineering career in light of a troubling shortage of U.S. engineers, which will reach 70,000 by 2010 based on an estimate by the National Science Foundation.
The survey also found the following gender differences in career interests and intent:
“It’s clear that there is a low level of interest and knowledge about engineering careers for both parents and children,” says Maurice Ghysels, chair of ASQ’s K-12 Education Advisory Committee. “Educators and engineers need to work more closely together to get students excited about the profession and spotlight interesting role models.”