An historic report linking student interest in STEM education with STEM job opportunities was released Thursday, January 14, 2013. The new report — Where are the STEM Students? What are their Career Interests? Where are the STEM Jobs? — identifies the STEM interests of more than one million U.S. high school students interested in pursuing STEM careers, and links them to increasing demand for over 16 million STEM jobs by 2018. It also provides in-depth profiles of more than one million students interested in STEM majors and careers with breakouts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report is also designed to motivate students interested in STEM careers by providing a breakdown of “hot” STEM jobs, salary figures, and a projection of the future STEM job market.
STEMconnector® and My College Options® will host a Town Hall discussion on the Report and officially release the publication on January 30, 2013 at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) headquarters in Washington, D.C. at 3:00 pm EST. The event will also be hosted online via WebEx. To register, please visit (http://stemconnector.org/townhall). Digital and printed versions of the report will be available for purchase online at the STEMconnector® website beginning January 14th. My College Options Vice-President, Ryan Munce, notes, “The career interests and demographic profile of over one million students interested in STEM is a critical piece of information for the STEM pipeline.” Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector®, concludes, “STEM jobs are among the highest paying and fastest growing in the United States; we must know where the jobs are and excite and encourage students to pursue STEM degrees and careers, armed with skill sets to fill and grow where the jobs are.”