2018 Research conducted by Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP (EY) showed that students interested in a career that is related to science, technology, engineering, and math — known as “STEM” may be shrinking.
“In a significant drop, 24% of boys want a STEM career, down from 36% in 2017; girls’ interest remains unchanged at 11%, year-over-year.” which is a 33% decrease from last years numbers.
The survey that was conducted by ORC International’s Youth CARAVAN included a sample of 1,000 13-17-year-olds, through February 27th to March 6, 2018.
With career choices within STEM falling, other fields like medical and dental have risen in popularity over the years. Students find that it is most appealing to them because they are “good at it” and find that they can help people.
According to the survey the parents of the kids still hold the number one spot in terms of what influences their choices on their dream job. The influence has increased since last year from 19% to 28%; a 47% increase.
“Teens today report they are leaning toward jobs that highlight their capabilities, as well as careers that offer altruistic outcomes,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. Schools need to continue to allow students to become more proficient in the areas in which they need to advance and grow, and how different careers can provide opportunities to benefit society.