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By: Anthony Mitchell, ACTE intern

STEM Career Interest on the Rise

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February 7, 2013

February 7, 2013

By: Anthony Mitchell, ACTE intern

“Since the graduating class of 2004, overall interest in STEM majors and careers among high school seniors has increased by over 20 percent,” says a new report on STEM education from STEMconnector and My College Options.

The report draws links between interest in STEM-related careers and an increase in STEM jobs,  identifying the STEM career interests of more than one million U.S. high school students and projecting that the number of jobs available in the field will approach 16 million by 2018. The report also breaks down the interest in STEM majors and careers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Mechanical engineering was considered to be the most popular career choice among students interested in STEM. A career in biology was also highly sought after among students, with nearly 12 percent expressing an interest in biology.

What are going to be the fastest-growing jobs within STEM, you ask? According to the study, cloud computing and development of mobile applications technology are two fields that will see extensive job growth by 2015. The report predicts that by 2018, many of the jobs available in STEM-related fields will be in the computing industry.

The full report is available for purchase from the STEMconnector store. You can use this information to increase awareness in your community on the viability of a career in STEM, and the role CTE plays in developing a strong STEM workforce.

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