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Opportunities in STEM


May 29, 2014


Opportunities in STEM

A new tool and a new publication examine STEM education and job growth. The U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index measures key factors related to STEM jobs and education, including employment, degrees granted, Advanced Placement tests taken, high school interest in STEM and standardized test scores. Happily, the index shows a recent uptick in the number of STEM postsecondary degrees granted.

In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Quarterly for spring 2014 focuses on STEM 101, defining STEM as well as the education and skills needed and STEM job growth and wages. The article highlights:

  • 13 percent STEM job growth through 2022, faster than the 11 percent job growth predicted for all occupations
  • particularly strong job opportunities for computer systems analysts and for applications and systems software developers
  • the need for STEM workers with thinking and communication skills
  • that STEM occupations require less than a bachelor's degree (for more on this topic, check out The Hidden STEM Economy)

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