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Reports Reveal STEM Graduation Gaps, STEM Graduates Remain In-demand

May 05,2010 by: admin

Jennifer Epstein of Inside Higher Ed reports that there is a growing number of students who express their desire to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) but only a few actually graduate on time and the rest lag behind. Epstein says that this trend is especially seen in black, Latino or Native America students. According to Epstein’s report Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) found in their 2009 freshman survey that 34.3% of white and Asian-American students and 34.1% of black, Latino and Native American students said stated plans of majoring in a STEM discipline. However, there is an alarming 20% gap that exists between students who started out with STEM and completed the degree in four years with those who completed it in four years. 

Nonetheless, STEM careers appear to be more lucrative than ever. It may be because only a few each year actually graduate and join the STEM workforce. Money-zine.com published a list of “high-paying careers/occupations” and science career ranks third on the list. The top ten of these careers/occupations are: management occupations with an average salary of $100, 310; legal occupations with an average salary of $92, 720; computer and mathematical science occupations with an average salary of $74, 500; architecture and engineering occupations with an average salary of $71, 430; healthcare practitioners and technical occupations with an average salary of $67, 890; business and financial operations occupations with an average salary of $64,720; life, physical, and social science occupations with an average salary of $64, 280; arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations with an average salary of $50, 670; education, training, and library occupations with an average salary of $48, 460 and construction and extraction occupations with an average salary of $42, 350. 

Science careers have always been reported as among the most lucrative career paths. In fact, there are always job vacancies available for science-related careers. Naturejobs.com lists these job vacancies by title, discipline, region, and employer. Science jobs by title lists 427 jobs available for heads, 656 jobs for graduates, 338 jobs for technicians, 1209 jobs for post doctorate, and 134 jobs for students. When sorted by discipline, there are 418 job vacancies for Physics majors, 1307 jobs for Chemistry majors, 305 jobs for Immunology majors, 200 jobs for Microbiology majors, and 669 jobs for Biotechnology majors. Sorted by region, there are 88 jobs available for those who want to pursue science career in Canada, 33 jobs in Denmark, 133 jobs in Ireland, 80 jobs in Boston and 121 jobs in Oxford. 

Employers are also posting vacancies and among these employers is Harvard University with 6 job vacancies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) or National Center for Scientific Research with 12 job vacancies, AstraZeneca with 5 job vacancies, Imperial College with 12 job vacancies, and Illumina with 6 job vacancies. Organizations as well as elementary, middle and secondary schools also have high demands for graduates with Science and Math degrees.


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