5. STEM education leads to careers in every field.
STEM education is not only for those looking to become engineers and scientists. STEM professionals can be found everywhere, even in the fields students are most passionate about like sports, entertainment, music, social media, and personal technology. Most STEM careers (70 percent, to be exact), require less than a bachelor’s degree, meaning students can train for them through a certification program, apprenticeship, or associate degree program. Many offer on-the-job training and will pay for employees’ continuing education.
Students with a strong STEM education are in high demand, meaning they can often work in different fields of their choice thanks to their transferable skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.
Instead of getting hung up on competing acronyms, remember that we’re all working to support students as they prepare for the jobs and challenges of the future by emphasizing key 21st century skills. Whichever acronym you identify with most, our goals are the same and have a positive impact on our students each and every day.