STEM Talent: Increasing Demand, Decreasing Supply
Four Ways to Close the Gap
The demand for talent in STEM careers is growing, but student interest is not.
Student interest and achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) have seen little change over the past four years. But the number of STEM careers in the United States has exploded, growing more than 10 percent from 2009 to 2015. The additional 8.9 percent growth expected between 2014 and 2024 will only further the demand for new workers in the STEM fields.
Policymakers emphasize the importance of educating students for STEM-related jobs. But what can educators, administrators, parents, and students do to close the gap between STEM demand and STEM supply? A new report from ACT highlights eight key findings on STEM preparedness and four policies decision makers can implement to spur change.
Join us March 19 for a free webinar presenting the findings of ACT’s annual report
on the condition of STEM interest and achievement in the United States. We’ll highlight this year’s data, present our recommendations, and focus on a number of initiatives across the country that are addressing challenges to improving STEM education and success for greater numbers of US students. Also, a representative from the Idaho STEM Action Center
will describe how the state opened its STEM talent pipeline by engaging industry partners to increase student access and achievement, professional development among teachers, and STEM pathways in college and beyond.