Students who choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors usually make more money after graduation than those who choose non-science fields. Even taking a few STEM classes can boost job security and earnings. However, high school students couldn’t care less. This is a problem for us all.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, American jobs requiring math or science knowledge increased to 16.8 million last year from 12.8 million in 2000. Demands for these jobs increased during a time of economic recession and growing unemployment. Math and science sets up students for being able to support themselves and enjoy some job security.
High School Students Don’t Seem to Care
And yet, there are fewer high school students taking STEM classes than just a decade ago. This does not bode well. Somebody has to fill the necessary jobs that require STEM knowledge. As a society, we rely on people who work in these fields.
STEM education does not only prepare students for work as engineers or technicians; it also helps people become employable in today’s society, even without a college degree. For example, plumbers and auto mechanics need a good STEM background. Would you want somebody tinkering in your car who did not have a good understanding of the technology and engineering that makes the car run?
Perhaps if more high school students understood how and why STEM classes will help them live as productive, functional adults they would show more interest. High school is the perfect time to take a variety of classes to best prepare oneself for the road ahead. Even if you have been out of school for years, taking some STEM classes at a community college may help you boost your own earning power.
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