Compared to other majors, STEM students are most likely to believe companies will recruit them directly out of college, and 73 percent feel they will receive a good job upon graduation. McGraw-Hill’s Education 2016 Workforce Readiness Survey released in June discovered “only 40 percent of college seniors feel their college experience has been very helpful in preparing for a career.”
No one can really say for certain what the jobs of the future will be. A former educator with whom I recently met argued that uncertainty about the future job market means that giving students opportunities to learn computer science, while trendy, is essentially pointless. Whatever students learn now will be as out of date as MS-DOS and car phones by the time they can put it to use, he reasoned.
Why do so few women sign up for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Research suggests having few women in college in these fields and in technology companies creates a vicious cycle.
Today the California Employment Development Department (EDD) released job estimates for May 2016. Latest figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and California Employment Development Department show national job growth at its lowest level since 2010, though the state and region continue to grow at a reasonable pace, with Bay Area growth continuing to outpace the nation and state by a significant margin. The disappointing national figures for May led policymakers at the Federal Reserve to signal a pause in plans to raise interest rates.
Career, vocational, and technical education connects personalized learning and academic rigor with real-world access to postsecondary and career pathways. Career and technical learning opportunities for high school students should not be electives, or housed only in VocTech schools, but integral components of traditional academic programs. All students benefit from hands-on experiences that help build problem-solving, communications, and relevant work skills that they need to be successful after high school.
On a surface level, the gender discrepancy in STEM fields might seem coincidental. Statistics provided by the University of Georgia for fall 2015 show that 53 percent of all STEM majors at the University of Georgia are women, but individual majors within STEM programs at the university tell a different story. Some majors are relatively equal in terms of gender distribution. Animal and dairy science shows that 47 percent of its doctoral candidates are female and 53 percent are male.
The robots are coming -- but not in numbers that would imperil most Americans’ jobs. Few subjects have inspired as much hype as robots. Consider some sample headlines: “Robots and Computers Could Take Half Our Jobs Within the Next 20 years,” “Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work by 2045,” “Why the Highest-Paid Doctors Are the Most Vulnerable to Automation.” Here’s why you should be skeptical, at least in the near term.
Would a nursing program fall under the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) umbrella? Or are nursing and similar fields kind of their own thing? All over the internet there are message boards where people at all stages of nursing programs–prospective and current students as well as practicing graduates and longtime practitioners - argue over whether they work in a STEM field or something else. To make it worse, the answers are about evenly split.
Cases like Al-Hasan are becoming more common as money for scientific research dries up and competition for limited faculty positions turns fiercer. The number of science and engineering doctorates going into academia has dipped by more than 5 percent over the last decade, even as the rate has increased in non-scientific disciplines, according to the National Science Foundation.
It may not seem like biotechnology, manufacturing and construction have much in common, but according to panelists at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Baltimore, all these industries provide opportunities for well-paid jobs without the need for a college degree. With the right kind of STEM training, individuals from low-income or underserved communities can fill these roles, support their families and build upwardly mobile careers.