Now, more than ever, the pursuit of STEM related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are integral to the strength of the country. In order to stay competitive in a global economy and to solve tomorrow’s challenges, we need well trained individuals capable of innovation and vision. Unfortunately, at the moment, that need is growing faster than ever.
However, plenty of hope lies within students who show interest in these disciplines. Those who choose to follow a STEM path will find themselves at the forefront of technological advances. And they'll likely be pioneering methods and means for solving important problems, whether related to health and medicine, the environment, the safety of our cities infrastructures, etc.
Perhaps most important, to the delight of students and parents alike, the employment outlook for those who pursue STEM majors/fields is rather rosy. Indeed, STEM related jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM positions. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities within computer science are projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022. Even those STEM graduates who end up pursuing work outside of STEM tend to fare better. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce show that these students are also in high demand in non-STEM related fields and command higher salaries than non-STEM colleagues.
Overall, STEM majors and careers hold the promise of opportunity. Individuals who work in these fields are more likely to find both job satisfaction and economic security. What more could you desire for your professional life?