Header Logo


Data Driven: No Bachelor's Degree Needed for Many STEM Jobs


October 30, 2013


Data Driven: No Bachelor's Degree Needed for Many STEM Jobs

Data_Driven About 50 percent of all STEM jobs are open to workers with less than a bachelor's degree, and about 30 percent of today's STEM-intensive jobs are in blue collar fields. These include skilled technicians who produce, repair and install high-tech equipment and maintain the nation's energy supply.[i] 

This entry in our blog series on data and research as tools for CTE advocacy addresses the availability of STEM jobs for those with less than a four-year degree.

Contrary to popular opinion, STEM is not just a career field for those with advanced degrees. There are many STEM occupations for workers with less than an advanced degree, and half of all STEM jobs are available to those with less than a bachelor's degree, in fields such as installation, maintenance and repair; construction; production; transportation; and health care support.

When sharing this statistic with education leaders, policymakers or the public, follow up with data on STEM labor market demand in your area and STEM job earnings, which often exceed earnings for jobs that require similar levels of education. Point out that CTE prepares students for many of these jobs through a variety of STEM-related courses and work-based learning experiences.

You can find this data and many other facts about the benefits of CTE through Fact Sheets.

[i] Rothwell, J. 2013. The Hidden STEM Economy. Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution.

My ACTE Login Image



Renew · Learn About Membership


Divisions · Regions · State Associations

CTE Policy Watch Blog

Education Leader George Miller to Retire

Rep. George Miller (D-CA), ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee and winner of ACTE’s Policymaker of the Year Award, announced his retirement on Monday. He will not seek re-election in 2014.

House Passes FY 14 Omnibus Bill With Perkins Increase; Senate to Vote Soon

The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 359-67. As we previously reported, the omnibus bill includes a $53 million increase for Perkins! The Senate is expected to vote on the measure before the end of the week. Please take a few minutes to reach out to your Senators and urge them to vote YES on this bill.


ACTE Calendar

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ACTE 2015 Election Closes

Monday, March 02, 2015

2015 National Policy Seminar

View All Events

Introducing the new
Visa® Platinum Rewards card.