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STEM Education a Priority for America and the World: Get Involved Today

“Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.” — Christine Gregoire

Tomorrow, May 3, is the inaugural Georgia STEM day. Companies, educators, public officials and families are coming together to raise awareness about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education for the betterment of America’s future.

Here are some eye-opening statistics about STEM education in the U.S. and Georgia:

In the U.S.:

  • Globally, American teens rank 23rd in Science and 31stin Math (Teach.com, 2009)
    • Top 5 is China, Japan, Finland, Singapore and S. Korea
    • The U.S. only has 5.6% of college graduates with STEM degrees (Teach.com, 2009)
      • 46.7% China, 37.8% S. Korea, 28.1% Germany
      • Percentage of high school seniors who met college readiness benchmarks in 2011 (Teach.com, 2011)
        • 52% Reading
        • 45% Math
        • 30% Science

U.S. Job Market projections:

  • Through 2018, there will be 2.4 million STEM job openings nationally; 1.1 million are net-new jobs. (Georgetown University, 2011)
  • STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs in any other fields. (Georgetown University, 2011)
    • 21.4% projected STEM Job growth vs. 10.4% growth all other jobs combined.
    • STEM workers make, on average, 26% more than non-STEM workers ($9/hour more) (Georgetown University, 2011)

Georgia STEM projections:

  • 17% increase in STEM jobs by 2018 (total 196,640) (Georgetown University, 2011)
  • 57% of STEM jobs will be Computer Occupations. (Georgetown University, 2011)
    • 25% Engineers and Engineering Technicians
    • 8% Architects, Surveyors and Technicians
    • 7% Life & Physical Sciences
    • 3% Mathematical Science
    • 90% of these jobs will require post-secondary education or training. (Georgetown University, 2011)
      • 44% Bachelor’s degrees
      • 19% Master’s degrees
      • 15% Associates degrees
      • 2% Ph.D.
My future PGi collaboration experts, thanks to STEM education programs here in Georgia.
  • Better STEM education in elementary, middle and high school:
    • 34% of young adults (ages 16-25) said they don’t about STEM fields. (Lemselsen-MIT Invention Index, 2012)
    • 30% said STEM is too challenging.
    • 28% said they’re not well-prepared at school to seek further STEM education.

With our global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, educating our future PGi collaboration experts is vital for the success of our company.

It’s never too late to get involved in STEM! Visit our partners, Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative, to learn how.

Not a Georgia resident? STEM programs are popping up all over the world. Reach out to your area schools and educational resources to learn how you can get involved locally.

About Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

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