STEM Facts

FACT #1: The growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years. And throughout the next decade, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent, compared to 9.8-percent growth for other occupations. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Summer 2011)

FACT #2: In comparison to their non-STEM counterparts, STEM workers earn 26 percent more on average and are less likely to experience joblessness. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Summer 2011)

FACT #3: The U.S. faces a shortfall of 3 million college-educated workers by 2018.(Source: Change the Equation, STEM Vital Signs report, 2011)

FACT #4: Only 7.5 percent of college students enter baccalaureate programs in STEM fields such as engineering, and only 50 percent of those graduate. (Source: Aerospace States Association)

FACT #5: The United States faces a shortage of 283,000 secondary science and math teachers by 2015. (Source: American Competitiveness Initiative)

FACT # 6: Only 36 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds are actually enrolled in post-secondary education. (Source: Change the Equation STEM Vital Signs report)

FACT #7: The number of engineering degrees awarded in the US is down 20 percent from the peak year of 1985 (Source: Tapping America's Potential)

FACT #8: More than 40 percent of US doctoral candidates in engineering, math and computer science are foreign nationals. (Source: A Commitment to America's Future: Responding to a Crisis in Math and Science, January 2005)

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Percentage Loss of Engineering Degrees Awarded in the U.S. Since the Peak Year In 1985.

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