According to Pew Research Center, employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79 percent since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth.
STEM fields include computer, math, engineering and architecture. STEM workers are physical scientists, life scientists and those in health-related occupations such as health care practitioners and technicians, too. Other facts:
• STEM training in college is associated with higher earnings, whether working in a STEM occupation or not. Among college-educated workers employed full-time year-round, the median earnings for those who have a STEM college major are $81,011, compared with $60,828 for other college majors.
• STEM workers enjoy a pay advantage compared with non-STEM workers with similar levels of education. Among those with some college education, the typical full-time, year-round STEM worker earns $54,745 while a similarly educated non-STEM worker earns 26 percent less, or $40,505.
Interested in learning more about STEM careers? Start with your science, math and technology teachers. Ask for help in your school and college counseling office and look for extracurricular activities that will boost your knowledge and experience.