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Our Future Demands STEM

OUR FUTURE DEMANDS STEM SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS The U.S. will have more than 1.2 million job openings in science, technology, engineering and math 80% (STEM)-related occupations by 2018. These include scientists, doctors, software developers and engineers. Yet, there will be a significant shortage of qualified college graduates to fill these careers. For the U.S. to succeed and continue to play a leadership role in addressing tough global challenges, OF JOBS IN THE we must do a better job of engaging students in these subjects and encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. Here is a look at how early education plays a part in inspiring students to seek a higher education in STEM and what motivates students to pursue STEM-related fields. 1 NEXT DECADE WILL REQUIRE TECHNOLOGY SKILLS.2 30 E. The U.S. ranks 25th out of 30 in an international assessment of high schoolers' performance in math. A+ The U.S. Department of Labor has projected that by 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million job openings in STEM fields.! 16% ONLY 16% OF BACHELOR'S DEGREES IN 2020 WILL SPECIALIZE IN STEM. POSITIVE ASPECTS OF STEM LEARNING IN EARLY EDUCATION’ 49% OF WOMEN PURSUING STEM DEGREES CHOSE STEM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE 4 in 5 STEM college students made the decision to study STEM in high school or earlier. 1 in 5 STEM college students decided to study STEM in middle school or earlier. 51% of STEM college students and parents of K-12 students do not feel that preparing students for careers in STEM is a top priority for K-12 schools in the U.S. 61% of male STEM college students say that 49% OF 64% OF games or toys sparked their interest in STEM; the top factor for men. MEN WOMEN FEEL THEIR K-12 EDUCATION 68% of female STEM college students say a teacher or class sparked their interest in STEM; PREPARED THEM WELL FOR STEM. the top factor for women. WHY ARE STUDENTS MAJORING IN STEM?° 10% 68% THEY FIND IT STIMULATING 5.3% 4.8% AND/OR CHALLENGING 1.8% 68% SAY GOOD SALARY Unemployment rate for STEM workers went from 66% SAY JOB POTENTIAL 1.8% to 5.3%, while non-STEM workers went from 4.8% to almost 10%.4 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% WHY DO PARENTS THINK STEM SHOULD BE A PRIORITY?6 53% SAY TO ENSURE THE U.S. REMAINS COMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL MARKET 51% SAY TO PRODUCE NEXT-GENERATION INNOVATORS 17% 9.8% 36% SAY TO HAVE WELL-PAYING CAREERS STEM occupations are growing 30% SAY TO HAVE FULFILLING CAREERS by 17%, while others are growing 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% at 9.8%.4 MICROSOFT UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF STEM AND IS WORKING TO MAKE TECHNOLOGY EASILY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN ORDER TO GET Microsoft THEM EXCITED IN STEM WITH DIGIGIRLZ, IMAGINE CUP, DREAMSPARK AND KODU GAME LAB. SOURCES: 1. “Occupational employment projections to 2018;" U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; November 2009 2."Why the Focus on STÉM?" the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council; 2011 3. "PISA 2006: Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World, OÉCD briefing note for the United States;" Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; September 2007 4. "STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future;"U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration; July 2011 5. "Help wanted; Projections of jobs and education requirements through 2018;" U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; 2010 6. "STEM Perceptions: Student & Parent Survey;" Harris Interactive online survey of 500 STEM college students and 854 parents of K-12 students; May 2011. %24

Our Future Demands STEM

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In the next seven years, more than a million jobs will open up that require specialized technology skills, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But there won’t be enough qualified colle...




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