The United States is falling behind in the STEM fields - science, technology, engineering, and math. The U.S. currently ranks twenty-fifth in math and seventeenth in science literacy, and less than ten percent of all U.S. students will actually pursue a career in the fields. Compared to the nearly fifty-percent of Chinese students who will pursue such a degree, it is easy to see how the United States will soon lag behind in the the innovation game. As the job market changes over the course of the next ten years, it will become even more important for the U.S. to concentrate on these careers.
STEM jobs are certainly the future - in fact, over eighty percent of the jobs on the market in the next decade will require some degree of technical skill. Coupled with the amazing growth of STEM jobs (twenty-one percent annually versus eight percent for other fields), there is no question that the United States has to increase its focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Part of the issue will be getting the information about STEM careers out to students, but the rest will rely upon training not only the future leaders in technical fields but training those who educate them.