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The 21st Century Workforce: Skills Gap & The STEM Dilemma

The 21st Century WORKFORCE: Skills Gap & The STEM DILEMMA 310 The gap between the skills available in the current workforce and those needed for many 21st century jobs creates a serious challenge 67% of manufacturing 12 MILLION companies are experiencing a Americans are unemployed, yet 3.6 MILLION job openings remain unfilled SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED WORKERS of the country's 1/2 MORE 50% 17 year olds are THAN not qualified to work in a 21st - expect the shortage to increase within the next 3 to 5 years century auto plant of employers believe new graduates in the workforce ONLY 42% are adequately prepared by their colleges or other pre-employment training programs A workforce prepared to tackle science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is critical to driving future growth and innovation THE OTHER OF THE NATION'S WORKFORCE IS COMPOSED OF SCIENTISTS AND WHILE 96% ONLY 4% ENGINEERS, THIS GROUP DISPROPORTIONATELY CREATES JOBS FOR STEM SKILLS ARE REQUIRED FOR Photography Nutrition Medicine Architecture JOBS ACROSS MANY DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES: Computer or video game design Animation Aeronautics Forensic science (Earth & space flight) The U.S. Bureau of Labor In the U.S., the average professional with a STEM degree earns about Statistics estimates that at least 8,654,000 $78,000 The national average wage is U.S. STEM jobs ANNUALLY $42,979 will exist in 2018, not including self-employed STEM individuals Current figures suggest U.S. students are woefully unprepared to meet this demand 60% 66% OF FOURTH-GRADERS AND of eighth-graders were not proficient in math 18% OF FOURTH-GRADERS AND of eighth-graders failed to 28% score at even the basic level of math competency Educators, parents, communities, policy-makers and businesses are mobilizing to improve STEM education and inspire the next generation of innovators – and must do more to increase the momentum and turn the tide Numbers indicate an increase in corporate support for STEM initiatives 27% Over 200 of corporate giving was allocated to K-12 and higher education – up from of the Fortune 25% 500 the previous year and second only to the area of health and social services, which accounted for companies support FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 28% Organizations such as U.S. News & World Report are encouraging public- private cooperation in support of STEM education through events such as the STEM Solutions National Conference Programs like Engineering is Elementary® which has reached 44,000+ teachers and 3.9 MILLION+ students with corporate, public and private funding – help all students, but especially girls, minorities and other underrepresented groups recognize their ability to engineer A 2012 Raytheon Survey found that almost 60% of respondents believed that math would be critical to the future success of their children Visit MathMovesU° on Facebook and the MathMovesU wębsite for more STEM-related facts MathMoves U| Raytheon Foundations for Success: Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel http://www.ssa.gow/oact/cola/AWI.html Math Relevance to U.S. Middle School Students: A Survey Commissioned by Raytheon Company February 2012

The 21st Century Workforce: Skills Gap & The STEM Dilemma

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The gap between the skills available in the current workforce and those needed for many 21st century jobs creates a serious challenge.




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