Many of us in today’s workforce had help—from parents or teachers or mentors or peers—in identifying what we wanted to become and getting started in our careers. Today’s students need exactly the same kind of help from us, because we need them to become the backbone of tomorrow’s workforce and our future leaders.
By 2018, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related occupations are projected by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce to amount to 8.6 million jobs, or 5.3 percent of this nation’s total positions. That’s a nearly 18 percent increase from the number of such jobs measured in 2008. Yet, we are at a critical low point in terms of the number of students pursuing STEM education and related careers.