You’ve probably heard lately that there is a need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors in the US if the country would like to play a leadership role in the global economy. We heard this during the State of the Union, from corporate leaders, and at universities throughout the country.
There’s a saying that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I like to up the ante by saying that if you find a job where you can innovate, you will find fulfillment through discovery. Choosing a STEM major opens the door for you to become an innovator, as these courses of study foster a critical thinking skill set which will make you desirable to employers while building your tools for professional success.
So why else should you choose to sign up for Biology 101 or to switch your major to engineering?
Here are some things to consider:
1. STEM is a moneymaker
According to Forbes, “As more employers ramp up innovation, a STEM degree could be the fast-track to the financial and professional success every new grad is dreaming of.” STEM-related jobs are growing 60% faster than other fields. That means job security.
STEM professionals are paving the way to make the U.S. more competitive in the global market. Whether you choose to work at a large firm or start your own business, your opinions will be heard, and you will have a seat at the decision-making table.
Plus, there is really a STEM career path for any interest! We’re talking about being anything from a LegoLand Designer to an ESPN Statistician.
3. STEM needs you
When it comes to diversity, STEM is lagging behind, as only 18% of graduating engineers are women and even fewer are minorities according to the Society of Women Engineers.
Solving this gap requires education, motivation and mentorship. Girls Who Code is one example of a nonprofit striving to educate, inspire, and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields.
Ready to jump in? If you’re looking for major offerings or career opportunities in STEM, check out this resource!
Jessica Gershuny manages the HonorSource™ program for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, which provides career placement to its lifetime membership. With a background in recruitment, Jessica provides customized sourcing and employer branding solutions to top companies. Connect with her on LinkedIn.