The Student Research Foundation serves as the voice for young people’s career aspirations. We believe success comes from having clear goals and understanding for achieving those goals. By defining career pathways and helping students reach those paths, the Foundation strengthens the nation, its economy, and its citizens.


The Student Research Foundation partners with organizations and institutions that share our mission of offering the strongest and most relevant research information about career aspirations and academic and life pathways for educators, parents, counselors, program leaders, and students. Thank you to our partners for their shared work and continued support.

AFSA Education Foundation

Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America

America’s Promise Alliance

The Connectory

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge

Hope Street Group

National Girls Collaborative Project

National Society of Black Engineers

Partnership for 21st Century Learning


The Student Research Foundation offers a robust clearinghouse of student-focused research to share with students, educators, parents, and other caring adults. Our goal is to offer the strongest and most relevant information about career, academic, and life pathways for students.

The following organizations’ missions align with that of the Student Research Foundation. We are privileged to share their work for the benefit of students and the adults supporting them:

Future Teachers*

The Student Research Foundation looked at high school students who aspire to become educators, to see what made a difference for them. Students’ own interests and teachers made a huge difference in influencing students’ thinking about career paths! See our infographic and blog for more detail. The data, drawn across all several Research Consortia nationwide, show there’s more work to be done to encourage underrepresented groups and males to enter education as a profession.

Engineers of Tomorrow*

The Student Research Foundation examined what high-school students had to say about becoming the Engineers of tomorrow, summarizing nationwide data across several Research Consortia. See this infographic for important information about which students were more, or less, likely to choose some form of Engineering as a possible career path. The data show that interest in engineering declines through the high-school years, and that much work remains to be done to encourage all students to pursue promising careers in engineering. As is well known, Engineering is an in-demand and growing field, so the prospects will be bright if more students are encouraged, prepared, and included.


CyberSeek is a fascinating and useful interactive tool on Cybersecurity Career Information that will benefit students, parents, educators and guidance counselors, as well as many others. Opportunities abound in Cybersecurity as there’s a nationwide shortage of qualified candidates for jobs. Cyberseek has interactive maps showing patterns of opportunities in Cybersecurity jobs in various metropolitan and state markets, as well as Career Pathway tools. Check it out! Cyberseek is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). It was created by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Burning Glass Technologies.

Cyber Security Careers*

The National Cyber Security Alliance, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Girls Collaborative Project, National PTA, and Student Research Foundation formed the Research Consortium on Digital Safety & Cyber Security Careers to explore parents’ awareness of (1) family digital safety practices, and (2) the variety of Cyber Security career opportunities available to students. Parents of middle- and high-school students were surveyed digitally on these topics. Check out this infographic on parents’ perceptions of Cyber Security careers, and of the communication that does (or does not) happen with students about the growing opportunities in this field. For more information on what parents had to say about family digital safety practices, see this infographic.

Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center released striking information on The State of American Jobs, combining governmental data with surveys of people in the labor force. Most workers (54%) see continuous training as “essential” for career success, and 72 percent say the responsibility for gaining skills and knowledge necessary to succeed rests with the individual. As employment is rising faster in jobs requiring more preparation, versus those requiring less preparation, enhanced social, communications, and analytical skills are being rewarded.

National Student Clearinghouse

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) released data that shows the typical bachelor’s degree earner now takes five to six years to complete their degree. By looking backward at degree earners, NSC was able to illuminate the complex paths that some students take to completion, which often combines or alternates earning and learning, especially for non-traditional students. As NSC says: “Families and policymakers need to plan accordingly for this new reality.” Visit NSC’s website for more important information.

USA Funds

USA Funds’ Completion with a Purpose blog is packed with great information about helping students, from a wide range of backgrounds, navigate educational and career paths in a focused way. USA Funds’ emphasis is not only on students completing postsecondary education, but also on their readiness to become part of the 21st Century Global Workforce. Visit USA Funds’ website to learn more about the range of work they support.

Georgetown University – Center on Education and the Workforce

Did you know that more than 70 percent of college students work while enrolled? Furthermore, twenty-five percent of learners are both enrolled full-time and holding down a full-time job. The combination of working and learning is now the “new normal” among students, and often does not contribute to reducing student debt, although it may have other benefits. Read on for more details about the complex relationship between working and learning.

Gallup Student Poll

The annual Gallup Student Poll is designed to help educators provide a more focused education, based on the voice of students. The poll measures four dimensions of student success: Engagement (involvement in and enthusiasm for school), Hope (ideas and energy for the future), Entrepreneurial Aspiration, and Financial/Career Literacy. Check out the latest report.

Georgetown University – Center on Education and the Workforce

The Center on Education and the Workforce conducted an in-depth study on The Economic Value of College Majors by analyzing U.S. Census data. Among the key findings: top-paying college majors earn $3.4 million more than lowest-paying majors over a lifetime. STEM majors lead to the highest earnings. Visit the Center’s website for an interactive tool to explore the data by major and state.

Center for Promise – America’s Promise Alliance

The Center for Promise has done important work examining how to best boost high-school graduation rates, which is so important to future life success, and also addressing how best to support youth who do not graduate in the traditional educational path.

Educational Research Center of America (ERCA)

In collaboration with national non-profit organizations, ERCA formed three research consortia:
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Pathways;
• Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Pathways; and
• Health/Science Career Pathways.
To view the research findings and ERCA’s partners, see the STEM Infographic, the Full STEM Report, CTE Report and Health/Science Infographic.


Glassdoor has done some interesting work, identifying the “25 Best Jobs in America for 2016.” The jobs that make this list have the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score, determined by combining three key factors – number of job openings, salary and career opportunities rating. In addition, they have ranked the “25 Best Cities for Jobs,” weighting a number of factors. Some of the results may surprise you!

Burning Glass Technologies

Burning Glass Technologies has done intensive research work, analyzing real-time job postings around the country, to identify the current status of job availability and requirements in several fields. The results are illuminating, and can be useful for current and future job seekers thinking about where opportunities lie, as well as providing important guidance for educational institutions and industry. Especially striking are the analyses of strong job growth and the shortage of candidates in Cybersecurity, and the hard time employers have finding soft- and baseline-skills across industries.

American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)

The American Youth Policy Forum, with collaborators, focused on what it takes to ensure that all students are adequately prepared for success in college and careers. States and school districts around the nation are working on multiple educational pathways that are linked to workforce preparation. For more on the range of models being used, and what it takes to support student success see Career Pathways: From Ideas to Action, Tools for States.

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

AACC, in collaboration with other groups, brings a focus on the link between high-school preparation and readiness for community college, as well as what is necessary to help students succeed upon entrance into community college. As is well known, community colleges play a vital role in both career pathways and preparation for continued higher education. See the report for recommendations and case studies on successful interventions: Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student Success.

American Institutes for Research

The American Institutes for Research has conducted a wide range of work on the factors influencing career and college readiness, and how educational and workforce institutions can best support students. Visit their web site for a wide range of resources and information.

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Scholarship Program

In addition to producing and dispersing valuable re search for educators, parents and students, the Student Research Foundation also wants to help in the financial implications of post- secondary education. To that end, the Student Research Foundation supports a scholarship program for all high school students who have recognized a need or problem in their community and have determined a way to address the issue. For more information on the scholarship program and to apply,
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