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Handy Infographic Shows the Current State of STEM In the U.S.

We recently stumbled upon a blog post about the current state of STEM in the United States, and we liked it so much that we thought we’d share some of the information it presented with you.

By now, you ought to know that we’re pretty big fans of STEM education. We write about it a lot, and want everyone to know how valuable STEM skills can be. Without the burden of college debt, STEM skills can lead to good, well-paying careers, in manufacturing or otherwise.

Here’s what the blog post we found had to say about the ‘hidden’ STEM economy:

  • Many blue collar and technical jobs require considerable STEM knowledge–about 50% of STEM jobs do not require a Bachelor’s degree
  • STEM jobs make up about 20% of all US jobs, or about 26 million jobs
  • The percentage of jobs requiring STEM knowledge has doubled since the industrial revolution
  • STEM jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher pay about 14% more than non STEM jobs with similar educational requirements
  • STEM jobs requiring less than a bachelor’s degree pay about 10% more than non STEM jobs with similar educational requirements
  • Some cities with high concentrations of STEM jobs are DC, San Jose, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, and Palm Bay
  • Cities with high concentrations of STEM jobs exhibit a better growth rate, lower unemployment, a higher median household income, and more exports as a share of the GDP than communities with lower numbers of STEM jobs

It’s not hard to see why we’re such huge fans of educations focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education leads to well-paying jobs–which in manufacturing, are all over the place–and in many cases opens up the doors to a great, sustainable career.

But enough with the talk. Take a look at the infographic below to see for yourself just how incredible the value of STEM is right here in the United States (click to see it full-size):

Infographic: Current State of STEM In the U.S.

And while you’re at it, have a full look at the report from Brookings here.

Image credit: Brookings via Edudemic

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