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Why are Students Majoring in STEM?

Check out the factors which stimulates the students to do higher education in STEM. STEM occupations are growing by 17% while others only by 9.8%!

Studies show that early education plays a part in inspiring students to seek a higher education in STEM and related fields. 4 in 5 college students made the decision to study STEM in high school.

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Are you a techie by heart? Well, we have some good news for you! The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related occupations by 2018 in the U.S for scientists, doctors, software developers and engineers. A significant shortage of qualified college graduates to fill these careers is expected as well. 

Studies show that early education plays a part in inspiring students to seek a higher education in STEM and related fields.  4 in 5 STEM college students made the decision to study STEM in high school or even earlier. 61% of male STEM college students say that games or toys sparked their interest in STEM while 68% of female STEM college students say a teacher or class sparked their interest in the area. 
 
So what is it that draws students to STEM you may wonder; let’s get to the root of it! Studies show that major factors were its stimulating and challenging nature, its promising salary rates, and its job potential. STEM occupations are growing by 17% while others only by 9.8%! 
 
Here are some more facts for you! 
 

 

 
 
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