STEAM & STEM Education
- Even with more than 13 million Americans unemployed, the manufacturing sector cannot find people with the STEM skills to take the nearly 600,000 unfilled jobs.
- For every one available job in the United States, there are 3.6 unemployed workers, for every two available STEM jobs there’s only one unemployed STEM worker.
- 65 percent of those with Bachelors’ degrees in STEM fields earn more than Master’s degrees in non-STEM occupations.
- 47 percent of Bachelor’s degrees in STEM occupations also earn PhDs.
- One half of all STEM jobs don’t require a four year degree and pay an average of $53,000, which is 10% higher than non-STEM jobs with similar job requirements.
- In the science and math portions of College/University entrance exams, a third of the takers said they were too challenging, and 28% said they were not prepared at school to seek further education in these areas.
- Only 16% of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career.
- Within five years, the need for STEM qualified candidates will rise by 31%.
- The US average annual income for an engineer, a very STEM specific career, is $79,000 compared to the overall annual income of $45,790.
- Currently, there is an unemployment rate of 4.1% amongst STEM occupations in this country, while the national average is 5.5%.
- U.S. Department of Education
- Courier Journal
- National Science Board
- New York Times
- PBS Teachers
- STEM Coalition
- First Robotics Competition