The Student Research Foundation is proud to bring together incredible organizations in an effort to provide insightful analysis and research to help keep teachers, parents and students informed of today’s trends.

Explore our research covering today’s high school students and their preferences and future career plans. We take deep dives into some of the hottest fields today including STEM, Health & Sciences, Technical Careers and the various skills needed to be successful in the 21st Century.

If you are interested in a specific dataset or a customized research project contact us to explore the opportunity.


The American Dream Infographic

Careers are on the minds of students – based on results of a national survey of U.S. high school students. And the patterns suggest the American Dream persists among Gen Z.

As early as freshman year, about 1 in 3 students have thought about their future careers “very much.” That climbs to about half by senior year. Careers are more likely to be on the minds of academically oriented students and students from economically marginalized groups (e.g., African-Americans, Hispanics, and females).

The results suggest career and educational pathway topics are relevant to students, and offer opportunities to engage and motivate

CTE: Benefits for Diverse Goals Infographic

Today’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) attracts a broader cross-section of high school students than ever. Findings from SRF’s Fall 2018 in-class survey of students in CTE classrooms across the nation illustrate that diversity.

The overwhelming majority have at least a B average, plan to continue their education immediately after graduation, and are headed to a wide array of post-secondary institutions. They take CTE to learn skills and explore/prepare for careers. No matter their educational path, they report CTE provides critical benefits that increase workforce readiness and connect academics with the “real world.”

America’s Economic Future Infographic

Discover how GenZ Hispanics may be the key to the future economic success of this country.

Research on Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills STEM Career & Technical Education Health/Science Career Pathways

Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills

Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

Career & Technical Training

Health & Science Pathways

Our other research segments


At the Student Research Foundation , we’re dedicated to providing in-depth analysis of our student, parent and teacher research.

We hope these reports bring insight and spur important dialogue about the educational and career pathways of students across the country.

Dive into our Annual Report detailing our 2017 findings

Find out what we‘re researching and where we’re going



Download a year of research exploring educational and career trends of students across the country.


Are students prepared for the future of work? Our research says no, find out why.


What is the gender gap in STEM career aspirations? Find out here.


  • 1 in 5 high school seniors have not started considering their careers
  • Students feel like they are least likely to have an opportunity to learn creatively or to think critically
  • Males are twice as likely to aspire to STEM careers


Our research spans a wide range of topics. It’s important to take time to review on topic in depth.

Our digest topics give us a chance to do just that.

Take break and find out how our research can help you understand the trends of today’s education and career culture.


Memos are further dives into our research. Check them out for details and references.

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