Companies are facing a wider and wider gap between the number of engineers graduating from college and the number of engineers needed in the work force. The cause of this discrepancy comes from the lack of enrollment in and completion of engineering degrees. While the total number of students graduating from college has steadily increased over the last decade, the number of students graduating with an engineering degree has decreased. One possible reason for this is the lack of exposure that engineers get in the media and the negative stereotypes that come when there is exposure. There are many engineering organizations who have recently started focusing their efforts on increasing the number of engineers appearing in popular TV shows and movies in addition to improving the image that is portrayed by these engineers. While there are many different types of efforts, the one with the most positive result has been forming connections between producers and writers and real life engineers.
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