When is Diversity Not a Dilemma?26 Feb 2015 / Paul Epps
I just read yet another brief — Solving the Diversity Dilemma — regarding lack of diversity in the STEM workforce.
If members of Group X are underrepresented in some professions, they must be overrepresented in others. For example, I used to work with a nursing organization . . . women far outnumber men in nursing but for the five years I worked there I never heard anyone talk about the shortage of men in nursing being a dilemma, crisis, etc., or suggesting that anything be done to change it.
I work in a STEM field. It’s a good job for me but not for everyone. My son (age 21) for example, never showed any interest in it and I don’t think he’ll be any less happy in life because he’s not working in STEM. There are pluses and minuses like any other profession.
Simple but possibly valid explanation for STEM demographics: Not everyone wants to work in STEM.