Why STEM?

Science, technology, engineering and math pervades every aspect of our lives – in our natural world, in our homes, in transportation, and in everyday products. STEM careers are all around us. Long gone is the stereotype of a scientist in a white coat – today’s STEM professionals are working out in the field, in offices, in labs, in schools, in cities and in the countryside - on technological innovations that will find solutions to health problems, the world’s economy, manufacturing processes, computing, environmental issues and more. They are vital professions that sustain our communities and transform nations.

It is also one of the most in-demand, rewarding and well paid career choices you can make. Opportunities are plentiful at all levels of education, from associate degrees and certificates through doctoral degrees.

College students who ask themselves, “Will I be able to find a job after college?” are finding STEM a highly marketable degree upon graduation. Here are a few statistics:

  • 65% percent of those with Bachelors' degrees in STEM fields earn more than Master's degrees in non-STEM occupations. (US News & World Report, 2012)
  • Health-related fields account for 20% of the college majors with the lowest unemployment. (CBS Moneywatch)

  • The top 10 best paying college degrees by salary in 2011 were all STEM fields. (CBS Moneywatch)

  • In 2009, women with STEM jobs earned 33% more than comparable women in non- STEM careers. These women also saw less of a wage gap with their male counterparts. (U.S. Department of Commerce)

  • New York is a leading state for STEM employment. Out of more than 8.6 million expected jobs in STEM industries through 2018, more than 1.6 million will be in either California or New York. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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