Go Figure. Math + science = great careers

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stem-careersLooking for a job that is interesting and rewarding? How about something with strong growth that pays well and provides a secure life?  Maybe something in heathcare, engineering or IT? Well, we’ve got the jobs for you and they’re all built on a solid foundation of math and science.

Advances in medicine and science improve our health and help us to understand the world around us. From balancing a household budget to preparing your taxes to following a recipe, math and science touch every part of our lives. Today, we rely on math and science in ways we could not imagine 30 years ago. Innovations in technology help us communicate across the globe with ease through satellites, the Internet and cell phones. Every day they also help us to work better and conduct our daily lives.

Nationwide, jobs requiring training in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math are growing five times faster than other occupations.

And yet fewer students are choosing to learn the basics of algebra or calculus, and fewer are digging into the mysteries of physics, biology and chemistry that explain the principles our modern world is built on. Why is this?

What is STEM?

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – is an initiative for securing America’s leadership in science technology, engineering and mathematics fields and identifying promising strategies for strengthening the educational pipeline that leads to STEM careers.

A solid foundation in math and science teaches students the problem-solving and analytical skills that are so valuable to success in any career. And, these are critical skills that students will use daily in their adult lives, whether they’re assessing the terms of a home loan, making healthcare decisions or negotiating the terms of a car lease. Math teaches students how to solve problems creatively and develop critical-thinking skills. Science is all about studying, finding out, and making sense of the “hows,” “whats” and “whys” of the world we live in.

STEM grows jobs

A strong background in math and science also opens doors to higher paying jobs and greater opportunities over a lifetime.

Jobs requiring STEM skills are expected to grow to 65 percent of the market, while unskilled, low-end wage jobs should shrink to just 15 percent. Estimates indicate that up to 75 percent of the existing workforce will require significant job retraining over the next five years, emphasizing STEM skills.

Nationwide, the number of jobs requiring STEM training is growing five times faster than other occupations. A 2005 U.S. Chamber of Commerce report “Tapping America’s Potential: The Education for Innovation Initiative,” summed up why STEM is so important: “For most of the 20th century, the American education system provided a substantial part of the talent and proficiency needed to sustain and improve our way of life. Today, however, as the U.S. economy becomes even more reliant on workers with greater knowledge and technological expertise, the domestic supply of qualified workers is
not keeping up with the skill demands.”

Tom Caylor, Jill Martin


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