Workplaces Do It, So Can Schools: Real-World Relevance Keeps Girls In STEM

Women comprise only 28% of the STEM workforce in the United States. And a recent survey by MetLife found that women in STEM were nearly twice as likely than women in other industries to say they are considering leaving the workforce, citing burnout, being passed over for promotions, not being paid equally, and lack of purposeful and meaningful work.

New data from the Department of Education’s College Scorecard show that STEM majors still vastly outpace liberal arts and humanities majors in terms of future earnings, with all but five of the top 100 programs in STEM fields. Several two-year associate degrees in STEM fields lead to significantly higher median earnings for graduates than over half of the four-year degrees included in the study. With jobs in STEM fields expected to grow twice as fast as those in non-STEM fields, there’s a window of opportunity for young women to step into this rapidly growing, financially lucrative sector that is shaping our future.

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