Why a STEM Career?
Why is it important to talk with your students about STEM and help them to consider STEM careers? Because it’s a fact that learning through STEM projects and lessons in school engages students, while also helping to build critical thinking and problem-solving skills. STEM learning helps students to understand how the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills they are learning in school actually apply in the world around them, and how these skills are used every day.
But learning through STEM in school does more than build students’ skills. It also helps to put them on a path toward a career in a STEM field. There are many compelling reasons why we should encourage students to find and stick to a path that involves STEM. Here are just a few:
- There are fulfilling STEM career paths open to students of all ability levels and interests.
- Careers in STEM offer opportunities to use a wide range of skills that include math, science, technology and engineering — and beyond. STEM careers have the potential to engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, practical literacy, creativity, and much more, every day. This engagement in turn helps students find careers that are interesting, challenging, and productive.
- Students that focus on STEM careers in college or in technical education are among the most sought after and highest paid of all new college graduates.
- STEM career opportunities are growing at a faster rate than non-STEM opportunities, making for less competition and more opportunity.
- Earnings from STEM roles outpace those of non-STEM roles, regardless of the amount of education beyond high school students have — from none all the way to post-graduate degrees. The difference in earnings is greatest for students with less post-high school education, and the gap decreases as the amount of education increases.
- Workers in STEM careers have lower rates of unemployment than those in non-STEM careers.
Get Into Energy / Get Into STEM is a ground-breaking program designed to build awareness among students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and others about the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and the excellent career opportunities available in the energy industry.
Get Into Energy / Get Into STEM is managed by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations.