STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics workers are the source of growth and innovation, but meeting the economy’s demand for these critical skills will be challenging.

Key Findings

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The disproportionate influence of STEM raises a persistent concern that we are not producing enough STEM workers to compete successfully in the global economy. We find that this concern is warranted – but not for the reasons traditionally claimed.
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The growing demand for STEM talent allows and encourages the diversion of students and workers with STEM competencies.
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More lucrative jobs requiring STEM competencies are approaching STEM workers for their skill set.
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65% of Bachelor’s degree holders in STEM earn more than Master’s degree holders.

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Gender Wage Gap Interactive Tool: Explore the data on the gender wage gap by college major using our interactive tool.

Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analysis of American Community Survey, 2009–2016 (pooled) of bachelor’s degree holders without advanced degrees, age 25-59 working full-time full-year.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations are critical to our continued economic competitiveness because of their direct ties to innovation, economic productivity, even though they will only be 5 percent of all jobs in the United States economy by 2018.

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