Over the past few years, one of the largest growth areas of employment has remained in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). While the economy improves, technological advancements continue to create more opportunities in the workforce. There is still an overwhelming amount of opportunities that are in high demand of specialized talent and skill; but the real question is, are there enough candidates to fill these slots?
According to CNN, STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM related jobs. The reality is, STEM careers are the backbone and future of the U.S. economy, but sadly we do not have enough candidates to fill these open positions in today’s job market. In 2014, the Department of Education revealed that only 16% of high school seniors have an interest in pursuing STEM careers.
To put this in perspective, in 2012, there were more than 7.4 million workers in the fields of science and technology and there will be an estimate of 8.6 million STEM workers by 2018. The Obama administration alone is investing millions of dollars to produce one million STEM undergrads by 2022.
Which segment of STEM careers is the most popular amongst today’s emerging millennials? According to U.S. News, Mechanical Engineering takes the lead and “a little more than 20% of STEM students have an affinity for designing, developing, and testing various tools and devices.”
Zach Sines, Recruiting Team Lead at TRC Professional Solutions, provides his insight on the present and future of STEM careers. He advises, “Students should take a look at STEM-based degrees when choosing a major in college, and even look at getting additional exposure before that in high school. There are degrees that bridge the gap between IT, Engineering and Business, such as an Information Systems degree, which is typically a Bachelor of Business Administration. Additionally, candidates that can show exposure to Information Technology or Engineering related disciplines in business related roles are one step ahead in the hiring process. Recently, we have been seeing various business related positions becoming much more technologically focused.”
In March of 2015, Indeed conducted thorough research in order to determine where the most STEM opportunities are today. Some of the top locations with the largest segment for career growth included Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Boston. These are also the markets that TRC Professional Solutions is seeing growth in clients hiring needs for STEM related job opportunities.
Are you a candidate looking to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math? Connect with us on Twitter at @TRC_Professional, we would love to hear how your job search is going!