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7 stereotypes about engineers

Dec. 11, 2015

Engineers and the STEM fields are often plagued by stereotypes that hurt the industry and stop younger generations from exploring science, technology, engineering, and math.

Engineers and the STEM fields are often plagued by stereotypes that hurt the industry and stop younger generations from exploring science, technology, engineering, and math. Tell me if any of these myths sound familiar. All engineers are introverted. They lack creativity and are difficult to work with. And, my personal favorite, all engineers are geeks.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Engineers and others who pursue work in the STEM fields do not conform to a mold, and the sooner we destroy these outdated notions, the sooner we will begin fixing the skill shortage. Maybe its time to come up with some new rules about engineers. Here's one: Engineers are pioneers shaping the world of tomorrow. Post your own engineering stereotypes in the comments below.

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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