Thursday, November 02, 2006

Foreign Workers Help Keep High Tech in America

Earlier this week, I spoke with the Director of a local R&D lab.

He told me that this year, he had openings for 3 positions. He spent months searching for native-born PhDs (engineers) to fill the positions, but to no avail. He couldn't find one. Eventually, he was forced to take his employment search abroad, and help secure H1B visas for foreign workers.

This is a common concern, and last September, the National Academy of Engineering published a report on the essential role foreign-born skilled workers play in the US. Simply put, the US doesn't graduate enough science and engineering PhDs per year to maintain the R&D that is necessary to fuel a healthy economy and society.

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