Just one in 18 workers in the U.S. has a STEM job.
IT jobs can be challenging and stressful, but they are among the best gigs available in the modern workplace. So says a recent report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). Technology-related positions pay more than typical jobs, and they are less likely to see layoffs when times get tough. The ESA report profiled professionals who work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – so-called STEM workers. Among the findings: the good times should continue, as STEM jobs will continue to grow at a faster rate than non-STEM positions over the next decade. "Our country's current and future economic prosperity and ability to innovate absolutely depend on a robust, high-quality STEM workforce," said James Brown, executive director of the STEM Education Coalition. "If we are to keep up with our global competitors, we must step up our nation's efforts to improve and encourage STEM education." For more about the report,
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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