An Overview of America's STEM Landscape

Approximately half of STEM occupations are in the computer technology arena

Engineers are the second largest STEM occupation

Petroleum engineers as well as and architectural, engineering, computer, and IT managers have the highest pay in STEM

Computer occupations will have the highest number of STEM positions created through 2024

Chart on STEM employment by STEM occupation
Chart on STEM occupations with highest and lowest annual mean wages
Chart on projected growth rates for types of STEM occupations
Chart on projected jobs for types of STEM occupations
Chart on projected job openings for STEM occupations
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

America’s STEM gap is possibly the greatest threat to our nation’s long-term economic prosperity

America has roughly 3 million STEM more openings than can be filled—we do not have enough technically skilled workers

Restrictions on H1-B immigration exasperates the growing STEM crisis

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Kids working at computers at school with boy raising his arms in excitement

  9 out of 10 parents would like their children to take computer classes

  Only 1 in 4 schools offer computer programming

  There are 607,708 computing jobs available in America

  There were only 42,969 computer science graduates last year

I'm interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you're like, 'Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?'

Elon Musk

...and More to Ponder

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51% of STEM jobs are expected to be computer-related

Federal government needs to fill over 10,000 IT/cyber positions

CS is a “new basic” skill needed for both economic opportunity & social mobility

Women account for less than 1/3 of STEM workers

African-Americans account for less than 3% of STEM workers

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

Marie Curie