"Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations are one of the fastest growing fields on the job market. STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0 percent from 2008 to 2018,compared to 9.8 percent growth for Non-Stem occupations."
"STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. They are more likely to have a college degree and are less likely to experience unemployment. STEM degree holders are also more likely to have higher earnings in non-STEM occupations."
-U.S. Department of Commerce
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, STEM occupations include a broad range of job fields, such as: advanced manufacturing, automotive, construction, financial services, geospatial technolgoy, homeland security, information technology, transportation, aerospace, biotechnology, energy, healthcare, hospitality and retail.
STEM also help youth develop important skills that are necessary to excel in education, the workforce, and life. These skills include: critical thinking, decision-making, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, organization, and self-responsibility.
It is the responsibility of the community to make sure the youth have an opportunity to tap this job market. It will not just open up economic opportunities for kids, but also for the future of our community. Children are the future leaders of Harnett County, and the skills and experience generated from STEM will help make sure Harnett thrives in the future. The community must create an environment for youth, inside and outside of class, that will increase their natural interest and show the importance of STEM.
For information on upcoming STEM programs at Cooperative Extension, please contact Kittrane Sanders, Community Rural Development Agent, Harnett County Cooperative Extension at 910-814-6028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM Resources for Youth, Parents, and Teachers
Harnett County Cooperative Extension