Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:20
March 20, 2012
The results of a new study suggest that jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continue to grow.
The study, conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, found that the number of STEM jobs in the U.S. is projected to jump 17 percent between 2008 and 2018. The uptick in such science-related fields underscores how companies are increasingly seeking to hire such professionals.
Still, the study also concluded that women are underrepresented in all but one STEM field. What's more, the results of the report suggest that women lost ground to men over the past decade, a phenomenon that public officials and businesses are endeavoring to reverse through targeted programs. Study author Cynthia Costello said that cultivating an environment in which women are more likely to pursue careers in the STEM fields will only help improve engineering research and development in the U.S.
"Investing in STEM education for low-income women and student parents is a win-win strategy," Costello said in a statement. "It strengthens the economic security of American families, and expands the number of highly-skilled STEM workers to make the nation more competitive in the 21st century."
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