Unemployment in the U.S. is at its highest since the mid-80’s, college graduates are struggling to find jobs in their respective fields, and the so-called ‘American Dream’ is slipping farther out of reach. Yet, there are 3.2 million available jobs in this country in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Right now. Today. This moment.
Moreover, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 63% of those with only associate’s degrees in STEM earn more than those with bachelor’s degrees in non-STEM occupations. In addition, 47% of those with bachelor’s degrees in STEM occupations earn more than Ph.D.s in non-STEM occupations. Also, there is a much smaller salary gap between men and women in STEM fields than in other occupations. Nevertheless, 3.2 million STEM jobs go unfilled because there are not the qualified applicants to fill them.
Author: James Marshall Crotty
Ricardo, thank you for sharing this. I'm puzzled about our failure--across the board--in getting students interested in STEM. There's a missing link somewhere. Using myself as an example, I spent summers as a child dissecting my grandmother's flowers with a paring knife from the kitchen, studying the stars, collecting sea shells, and scouring the fields for geodes. I got good grades in high school biology. I would have been the perfect candidate to steer toward STEM. But no one noticed me. Was it because I was Hispanic? I don't know. Now, at 67 years old, I have stacks of books on anthropology, archaeology, marine science, and ornithology. I've been a docent in two very large museums. I still collect rocks and sea shells although I've given up collecting insects...can't bear to kill them. Where did I go wrong? Where did the educational system go wrong? Where do the parents go wrong? I add this last question because I failed to get my own child interested in science. She collected rocks, sea shells, and insects but at about eleven she was done. Why? She was a bright kid, courted by John Hopkins, and yet she wanted none of it. She got a history degree. Why, why, why? Janelle Meraz Hooper
I think I can tell you why, 2 reasons mainly;
All this affects our ability to pay for the good schools.