According to the National Science Foundation, STEM related jobs grew from 1.1 million in 1960 to about 5.8 million in 2011. This growth represents about 3.3% compared with overall job growth of 1.5%. STEM related job growth is twice as fast as overall job growth. If that isn’t enough to grab the attention of parents seeking to help their kids prepare for the workplace later in life, we don’t know what will.
As a proportion of all jobs STEM related jobs grew from 1.6% to 4.1% in that same time period. That’s pretty impressive! Here is a more comprehensive article from the NSF concerning the job market as it relates to STEM jobs.
Another positive indicator for the future of STEM related jobs is how the numbers indicate that females are enrolled in equal numbers in many STEM field at the undergraduate level. But we have work to do. Check out our article concerning females in STEM education for more details on those findings.