The US’s national education priority – STEM – is vital to the country’s economic growth, scientific innovation, and job development.
With STEM’s multiple disciplines and opportunities, many students in the US seek degrees in one of the four major subject areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The “T” in STEM takes the cake for the highest paid graduates.
Earlier in 2017, Glassdoor ranked the median base salary of workers in their first five years of employment according to their major. Computer science topped the list with $70,000, closely followed by electrical engineering.
In a recent NY Times article, Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist said, “There is a huge divide between the computing technology roles and the traditional sciences.”
In the same article, LinkedIn researchers found that the top ten skills in highest demand were all computer-based.
Of all the STEM fields, computer science is the only one in which over half the graduates have work in their field.
Edward Lazowska, a professor of computer science at the University of Washington focused on the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment forecasts. He found that by the end of 2024, 73 percent of STEM job growth will be in computer-related jobs, but only 3 percent will be in physics and 3 percent in life sciences.
What does this mean? It means that universities and colleges are looking to enrich their undergraduate and graduate programs in STEM fields and looking to encourage job growth in all areas by encouraging the development of computer skills across the STEM spectrum.