16 Ways The Environment Matters In STEM Education

The future is STEM. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are quite clearly some of the fastest-growing job categories around. That’s according to a recent U.S. Dept. of Commerce report that showed STEM jobs growing at nearly 8 percent over the past decade. That’s about three times as fast as non-STEM jobs.

But where does the environment fit into STEM? When you think of STEM courses and jobs, you don’t immediately think of how they impact the environment. That’s all about to change thanks to a fabulous new infographic from the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Key Takeaways

  • Environmental science jobs are the fastest growing jobs in all the sciences
  • A vast majority (78%) of companies say a candidate’s knowledge of the environment is critical in the hiring process.
  • It’s a global world, after all. Just 29% of all U.S. computing jobs will be filled by graduates from U.S. schools.
  • Workers with a STEM background earn about 26% more than non-STEM.
  • Nearly all (4 out of 5) STEM workers decided to study STEM back in high school.


  1. Enviro Equipment Inc.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    The reason that environmental science-related jobs are the fastest growing of all the sciences is because President Obama has emphasized so called green jobs -in particular renewable energy- since he’s been an office. However, his presidency will only last for, at most, four more years and after which it’s highly unlikely the emphasis will continue or at least, not to the degree it has been.

  2. rohini

    September 30, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Common people should also take part to make the environment healthy it is not only the duty of govt. to ensure it people have to care about it and should stop blaming other as they must know that charity begins at home so every one should start it by themselves for our environment.

  3. ted

    October 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I recommend this Timeline Eons app, a graphic representation of the entire natural and human history: