February 8, 2016
We're living in a high-tech world, where employers in every field rely on systems, software and applications to operate efficiently and effectively. Marketers analyze big data to reach new customers. Healthcare providers use apps to improve patient care. Even small nonprofits turn to cloud technologies to store information and cut costs.
The old ways of working no longer work in today's economy. Across almost every industry, business is more connected, more interdisciplinary and more complex than ever before. To keep up with the evolving business climate, more and more hiring companies are seeking professionals with advanced technical, analytical, quantitative and critical-thinking skills - and applicants with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have the advantage in the job market.
The skills learned in STEM-based education - everything from data analysis to computer programming - give job seekers access to high-paying employment opportunities in fields beyond science or technology industries. STEM degrees can lead to lucrative roles in management, healthcare, manufacturing and finance - even law offices and community organizations. In fact, no matter what their occupation, STEM degree holders earn $500,000 more than non-STEM majors over a lifetime.*
Demand for STEM-educated workers is only going up. By 2018, there will be 2.4 million job vacancies in STEM-based occupations thanks to the creation of new STEM-based jobs and baby-boomer retirements.* With rapid growth projected for years to come, there's no better time to earn a STEM degree.
*Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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