What To Know About The STEM Skills Gap

Sometimes, we feel like we’re repeating ourselves when we talk about certain topics. STEM education is one of them. We know we keep blathering on about how many STEM jobs there will be and how most students in the U.S. are unprepared for them. But it’s time to get (at the very least) the basic low-down on the current STEM skills gap and more.

Given that STEM jobs are a key to the future success of the country, and that there is a relatively (current) unemployment rate, its worth taking a look at why STEM education is important once more. Check out the handy infographic below to learn more.

Did You Know?

  • 67% of manufacturing companies are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers?
  • Only 42% of employers believe that graduates are adequately prepared for today’s workforce
  • Only 4% of the nation’s workforce are STEM workers
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 8,654,000 STEM jobs will exist in 2018
  • The average wage for a STEM worker is $78,000 vs $42,979 for a non-STEM worker
  • 60% of fourth graders and 66% of eighth graders are not proficient in math
  • 60% of respondents believe that math skills are critical to the future success of their children

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