➔ A t all levels of educational attainment, STEM job holders earn 11 percent higher wages compared with their same-degree counterparts in other jobs.
➔ The top 10 bachelor-degree majors with the highest median earnings are all in STEM fields.
➔ The average annual wage for all STEM occupations was $77,880 in May 2009, significantly above the U.S. average of $43,460 for non-STEM occupations.
➔ Over the past 10 years, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 17 percent during the 2008–2018 period versus 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM jobs.
➔ I n 2010, the unemployment rate for STEM workers was 5.3 percent; for all other occupations, it was 10 percent.
It is worth a read since they first identify the problem all of which NMSI is working on:
- Inconsistent state standards in math and science (guess they like Common Core)
- Shortfall of qualified math and science classroom teachers (UTeach does this well)
- Lack of preparation for postsecondary STEM education (APTIP and LTF)
- Failure to motivate student interest in math and sciences (LTF training)
- Failure of postsecondary system to meet STEM job needs
- Adopt rigorous standards
- Recruit STEM teachers
- Provide more rigorous STEM preparation for students
- Use more informal learning to expand math and science beyond the classroom
- Enhance the quality and supply of STEM teachers
- Establish goals for postsecondary institutions to meet STEM job needs