STEM has been one of the top education buzzwords of the last decade. Education industry experts almost universally endorse an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math learning, especially at a time when so many jobs seem to rely on those skills.
In late September, President Donald Trump directed the Department of Education to set aside $200 million a year in grant funds for technology training aimed at girls and minority students. The president even donated half his salary, about $100,000, to the department to fund a summer camp that allows students to explore science and math careers.
“We need to create pathways for all our citizens to get jobs,” Trump said, as a group of children leaned over his Oval Office desk, watching him sign the grant memorandum. “When you get out of school, you’re gonna get great jobs.”
But will they?
That largely depends on their specific field of study, a nuance often lost on students and parents.
Not surprisingly, computer scientists make the most money and have the most job opportunities after graduating from college. Students with degrees in biosciences make the least, according to a salary survey done by jobs listing website Glassdoor earlier this year.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that in the next seven years, 73 percent of STEM job growth will come in computing industries, while just 6 percent will come from physical and life sciences. —Leigh Jones