7:10 am July 14, 2011, by Henry Unger
Here’s more evidence that kids should focus on math and science for future jobs.
Jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM) pay an average 26 percent more than other occupations and grew three times faster during the past decade, according to a USA Today story, which cites a Commerce Department study scheduled for release today.
From 2000 to 2010, STEM jobs grew 7.9 percent to 7.6 million — three times the rate of other fields, USA Today writes, referring to the study.
They’re expected to swell 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared with 9.8 percent for other jobs, USA Today reports.
The Obama administration is citing the report to push for investing in more training for the STEM occupations because many employers lament a dire shortage of highly skilled workers despite the high unemployment rate, USA Today reports.
Commerce officials say STEM skills also are vital for the U.S. to compete in a global marketplace that places a growing premium on innovation, USA Today writes.
STEM jobs include computer programmers, statisticians, civil and nuclear engineers, chemists and lab technicians, USA Today writes.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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