Why STEM Jobs are Good Jobs
5 Reasons Why STEM Jobs are Good Jobs
With all this talk about STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – you might be wondering what is so great about STEM jobs. There is tremendous opportunity in STEM, and here are five statistics to prove it!
- Between 2023 and 2033, the number of STEM jobs will grow 11 percent, compared to 5 percent for non-STEM jobs—with positions in computing, engineering, and advanced manufacturing leading the way. (via BLS)
- STEM careers are very broad and diverse. No matter what your interest, there is a place in STEM for you! According to the BLS, STEM fields include “science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations, as well as managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.”
- Out of 100 STEM occupations, 93% of them had wages above the national average. The national average for STEM job annual salaries is $95,420, where the national average for non-STEM occupations is roughly half—$45,760. (Via the Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- While STEM workers tend to be highly educated, roughly a third have not completed a bachelor’s or higher-level degree. College is not a must for all STEM jobs. (Via the Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- US universities produce only 29% of the required number of grads to fill the 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. (Projected by the US Department of Labor). To fill this void many companies are offering hiring incentives to attract workers.