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Emerson Survey: 2 in 5 Americans Believe the STEM Worker Shortage is at Crisis Levels

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Fourth Annual Survey Spotlights Growing Need for STEM Education and
Awareness to Fill an Estimated 3.5 Million Jobs by 2025

Despite a national targeted focus on science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) fields and education over the past decade, 2 out of 5
Americans believe the STEM worker shortage is at crisis levels,
according to results from the fourth annual STEM survey by Emerson
(NYSE:EMR) announced today.

While the survey found students today are twice as likely to study STEM
fields compared to their parents, the number of roles requiring STEM
expertise is growing at a rate that exceeds current workforce capacity.
In manufacturing alone, the National Association of Manufacturing and
Deloitte predict the U.S. will need to fill about 3.5 million jobs by
2025; yet as many as 2 million of those jobs may go unfilled, due to
difficulty finding people with the skills in demand.

This critical STEM need is why Emerson has continued to invest in
education across all levels and through its "We Love STEM" program and
partnership with YouTube's self-proclaimed science nerd Hank Green.

"Emerson has been dedicated to elevating the criticality of STEM
education for many years," says Kathy Button Bell, senior vice president
and chief marketing officer for Emerson. "We have supported everything
from collegiate engineering programs to hosting ‘We Love STEM' days for
our own employees' children. This is a focal point of Emerson's global
values initiatives."

Survey results show the industry has made some positive strides in STEM
awareness, but there are opportunities to improve: Less than 50 percent
of parents say their daughter is encouraged to pursue a STEM career.
This encouragement gap represents a significant opportunity, as nearly
half of respondents (48 percent) expect the number of STEM jobs in the
U.S. will grow in the next decade.

As perception of STEM careers shifts to include manufacturing, about 3
out of 4 (74 percent) respondents said they believe manufacturing jobs
are important to the U.S. economy, with 6 out of 10 (62 percent)
agreeing that manufacturers should do more to train and prepare their
STEM workforce.

These business partnerships will become increasingly important, as the
survey found only 1 in 3 adults (33 percent) believe teachers currently
have the resources they need to provide a quality STEM education.
Emerson is helping address this issue through its "We Love STEM"
initiative and partnerships with universities and technical colleges,
providing hands-on digital worker experience for current students and to
reskill workers. Two of Emerson's recent educational investments include
a manufacturing incubator facility at Ranken Technical College in St.
Louis and an automation technology center, to be named the Emerson
Advanced Automation Laboratory, at Texas A&M College of Engineering.

More information about Emerson's "We Love STEM" program is available at Emerson.com/WeLoveSTEM.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE:EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a
global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions
for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. Our
Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and
discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the
environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human
comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy
efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information
visit Emerson.com.

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