Despite the much-publicized shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals in the United States, Tech Crunch reports there are large numbers of engineers graduating from U.S. universities today. Instead, Tech Crunch points the finger at a variety of other factors as the culprits for the difficulty U.S. employers face when trying to hire top engineering talent.

For much of the 2000s, the story line has been that emerging economies like China and India were graduating as much as 12 times the number of engineers as the United States. However, a 2005 study by Tech Crunch found that the U.S. graduated more engineers than India in 2004, and that the quality of Indian and Chinese graduates was not comparable to that of American schools.

Still, Tech Crunch reports there is justifiable concern about engineering capacity in the United States, as skilled engineers are increasingly taking non-engineering management jobs and skilled foreign workers are returning to their home countries after graduating from U.S. universities because U.S. immigration policy is growing more protectionist and xenophobic.

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