The Brookings Institute recently published an article that highlighted how STEM-based solutions can help alleviate some of the world’s most pressing problems. The article also stated that “14 of the 16 fastest-growing industries of the future are STEM industries, and all of the top 25 degrees by pay and demand are in the STEM subjects”. Brookings also forecasts that by “2025, there will be 3.5 million STEM jobs open in the United States alone.” Article
However, not everyone is getting an equal share of these future opportunities. Black and Hispanic employees are underrepresented in all areas of STEM. Women make up a large segment of health-related STEM jobs, but according to PEW women “remain underrepresented in other job clusters such as the physical sciences, computing and engineering”.
The Pew study found that the STEM gap is most prevalent among Hispanic workers. As Hispanic’s make up nearly 18% of the overall workforce, but less than 8% of all STEM employees.
A large problem is the ever growing STEM education disparity. Pew indicates that “there has been dramatic growth in the number of STEM graduates from U.S. colleges and universities at all degree levels since 2010. Even so, there is little indication that diversity in related jobs will shift substantially in the near term”. Article
Many studies indicate that exposure to STEM at an early age is essential in leveling the playing field. “Exposure to STEM career awareness programs during this time [elementary and middle school] triggers students to seriously consider jobs in engineering, technology, manufacturing, biology, etc.” Article – STEM solutions.
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