Diversity Research in students Preparing for STEM Education - Student Research Foundation

Career Research

Research Consortium on

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related careers are booming. The demand for skilled workers is high and the available talent pool of STEM graduates is not keeping up with the demand.  The 4th Industrial Revolution is creating increased demand for skilled engineers, scientists, technologists, analysts and related fields. Whether it is to build the next great health technology, mine data to create Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications, or explore the fast-moving driver-less technologies the demand is high and organizations are hungry for new talent.

Our research explores the various STEM fields and highlights opportunities for both students and teachers to investigate together. When considering the future of STEM it is important to analyze the trends of both females and other underrepresented groups considering these fields.

  • 74% of high school students in STEM classes are in a career pipeline that will require STEM skills.
  • However, more work remains to be done to encourage more females and other underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education and careers.

Check out the research findings below for more!

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STEM Skills

 The large majority of high school students in STEM classes believe STEM skills will be a requirement in their future career.

Nearly half of high school seniors in STEM classes aspire to pursuing a career in STEM – of those, males are much more likely to pursue a career in STEM (65%)

Racial/Ethnic Differences

While there is not much of a divide, high school students in STEM classes that aspire to STEM careers are more often Asian and White.

STEM Career Aspirations By Gender

Of surveyed high school students in STEM classes, the majority of males and female STEM career aspirations focus around Engineering/Science – although nearly half (48%) of all males aspire specifically to Engineering/Science while only 17% of females do. Males also show more interest in IT careers (20%) than females do (5%).

STEM Throughout High School

High school students in STEM classes are divided by gender over career aspirations – and the divide persists throughout the duration of high school.

IT Career Aspirations

IT career aspirations among high school students in STEM classes largely are comprised of males – with Asian, Black and Hispanic individuals leading the group of those who show interest in IT for a career pathway.