Education: Engineer Shortage

The U.S., the world's greatest technological civilization, is running short of engineers. For years it looked as if there would be a glut, not a shortage. Engineering students used to spend their last spring in college like any other seniors: looking for jobs. But today industry competes for their services with the fierce cunning of Hollywood star-snatchers; they are wooed by eager personnel men, treated to lavish dinners, whisked off on inspection trips to factories. Most engineering graduates have at least half a dozen offers, with an average starting salary of $350 a month.

One large company recently offered to hire Yale's...

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