STEM subjects refer to the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These subjects are ones that are growing in prevalence and are always unfolding and developing. In recent years, the American education system has been trying to promote these subjects even further. I believe that these subjects are important because they produce our future scientists, doctors, engineers, computer technicians, engineers, mathematicians etc. These people that dedicate themselves to learning these subjects, set the framework for tomorrow’s society.
STEM jobs are expect to continue to grow in the upcoming years. According to the graph provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer Sciences is supposed to have the greatest increase in employment from 2004 projected through 2014. The National Math and Science Initiative states that those that earn a degree in one of the STEM majors can get better pay than people who earn degrees in non-STEM areas. This makes sense to me because there are more STEM jobs being created which explains the influx of people towards STEM education. In this economy, the people will gravitate towards where jobs are.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor’s Desk, STEM occupations and job growth on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jun/wk4/art04.htm (visited February 20, 2014).
National Math and Science Initiative, Why STEM Education Matters, http://iei.nd.edu/assets/78206/why_stem_education_matters.pdf (visited February 20, 2014).