What is a STEM Degree?

The STEM which is the abbreviation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This a term used to group together various academic disciplines. This degree helps in having a solid understanding of these majors which in turn reflects in one's practical maths, quantitative, computing and programming skills.

Posted by Akshay Nair P R on 11th April 2018

"[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."

-— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015

What is a STEM Degree?

It is a curriculum created to impart students with a detailed basic knowledge about the four pillars of all education system.

Thus to teach it rather than teaching them separately, STEAM integrates all of them together to form an effective cohesive course.


Importance of STEM

  • As per a report by the site STEMconnector.org, by 2018, projections assess the requirement for 8.65 million employees in STEM-related occupations.

  • Apart from this their will, a need of almost 600,000 employees in the manufacturing area faces an alarmingly substantial lack of employees with the important aptitudes.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics extends that by 2018, the heft of STEM vocations will be:

    Mathematics – 2 percent, Physical sciences – 7 percent, Computing – 71 percent, Traditional Engineering – 16 percent, Life sciences – 4 percent


Why STEM?

  • It was created to make sure that all young people think deeply, innovate, educate, research and also be a leader who possesses the competence to face all the threats by a nation as well as the world.

  • In the United States according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 % of high school students are interested in a STEM career and they have a high dexterity in Mathematics.

  • Currently, about 28 % of high school has shown an interest in STEAM degree.

  • But, the bitter realism is that out of that 28% about 57% students will lose interest by the time they will graduate from high school.

  • This is what the government had tried to address and invested 3.1 Billion $ in 2014, which in turn increased the percentage of students interested in a STEAM degree by 6.7%.

  • Due to a wide academic background, STEM-based careers enjoy pretty good salaries and are paid well above the normal hourly rate.


 High demand for STEM degree

What isolates STEM from the customary science and math training is the mixed learning condition.

If we look at all the possible STEAM degree majors we can see that all of them are not created equal, this is due to the different career opportunities that they provide.

According to the job role the degree programs are in great demand are Computer networking and system analysis is the two-degree programs with high job possibility.

Other majors such as mathematics, physics, natural sciences and life sciences are still in demand, the only downfall with this is that people who are interested in the academic research end up doing that.

Thus, making this degree a sure shot success formula, as a person who does a STEAM degree would certainly have the knowledge and understanding required to do most of the technical jobs.


Conclusion

Despite the considerable preparation for STEAM from a very young age, exiting and fascinating careers, great supply of career supported by various private and public educational initiatives. Students tend to switch to liberal arts and majors, as the college coursework is difficult to complete.
But, people who stick around and complete their course have numerous career opportunities available both in the home and abroad.