Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mass. launches new STEM education initiative, funding

Mass. launches new STEM education initiative, funding

By Michelle Lang

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) compiled this report to evaluate the current career opportunities, outcomes and advantages within the STEM fields.
In its executive summary, the DOC highlights the following statistics as complementary to the intent and content of the publication:
In 2010, there were 7.6 million STEM workers in the United States, representing about 1 in 18 workers.
STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.
STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts.
More than two-thirds of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to less than one-third of non-STEM workers.
STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.
View the full report here: