Why STEM Matters
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): these four subjects may strike fear in students across the nation. However, these degrees are becoming more valuable each day. In fact, there are over 3 million jobs available in the STEM marketplace, and many of these positions are being outsourced due to a lack of qualified applicants in the United States. www.topeducationdegrees.org has created an infographic showing how STEM education is vitally important, and the success that these degrees can offer.
STEM knowledge is becoming increasingly important in todays advanced society. Unfortunately, we are sorely lacking in qualified educators to impart this knowledge on future generations. Only 50% of the United Statesâ€™ high schools offer calculus, and 37% of American high schools donâ€™t offer physics. With such dismal numbers, itâ€™s no wonder that only 16% of high school seniors are interested in a STEM career. In a survey of all developed nations, the United States ranked 27th in undergraduate degrees in science or engineering. The tides are changing, however. The Educate to Innovate initiative, launched in 2009, aims to move American students from the middle of the pack to the top of the pack in math and science over the next decade. It has garnered $700 million in public-private partnerships. The plan includes increasing effectiveness of investment in areas such as K-12 instruction, undergraduate education, and graduate fellowships.
Not only will a degree in a STEM subject help job seekers get hired, but they pay better too. On average, a STEM related job pays 11% more than a non-STEM related job. 47% of bachelor's degree-holders in STEM fields earn more than PhDs in non-STEM occupations.
These positions also hold the promise of expansion and stability in the future. The highest projected growth through 2020 may very well be in STEM jobs such as aBiomedical engineer,Medical scientist, or a Software applications developer.
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