Challenge: Most Black Engineers Not Hired By America's Top Technology Companies
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Silicon Valley likes to paint its diversity problem as one of supply: There simply aren't enough blacks getting advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, in the U.S. And while that is true, it is also true that tech firms are not tapping existing engineering talent. Even the most diverse Silicon Valley tech firms are at 2 percent or under in terms of blacks in technology jobs, yet across the U.S. blacks earned 4.4 percent of master's degrees in engineering and 3.6 percent of its Ph.D.s in 2014, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.
It amounts to about 4,897 newly minted black engineering grads each year, including civil, electrical and mechanical engineers, as well as software engineers -- the kind Silicon Valley would most like to hire. Blacks also earned 4.5 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees and 2 percent of master's degrees, comprising about 745 graduates, in 2013, the last year for which data are available, according to the Computer Research Association.
Somewhere, the pipeline of black and other minority candidates and jobs in Silicon Valley is broken. “If you look at the numbers in Silicon Valley, 1 or 2 percent African-American, there is still a gap given the numbers coming out of college with degrees in computer science,” Karl Reid, executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), said.
About 5,500 black students earn engineering and computer science degrees in the U.S. each year, but most go unhired by America's top technology companies.
BY MICHAEL LEARMONTH @LEARMONTH ON 11/30/15 AT 12:44 PM