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INFOGRAPHIC: STEM facts that should shock you

By Meris Stansbury, Managing Editor for eCampus News, @eSN_Meris
March 6th, 2014

Is the U.S. really making progress in STEM? These statistics shed new light on the current crisis

STEM-infographic-factsBy now every stakeholder in education is aware of ‘the STEM crisis,’ but with an increased focus on K-12 STEM curriculum, are post-secondary students attaining STEM degrees? How did the Great Recession affect STEM jobs, if at all? New statistics help shed light on the current state of science, technology, engineering and math.

In this infographic, you’ll find the most up-to-date information on the projection of STEM careers in the near future, and how everything from K-12 class time, to taking AP exams, can affect these core subjects in higher education.

For example, did you know that in 2020 there will be 9.2 million STEM jobs, with 4.6 million in computing alone? Yet currently, only 31 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in science and engineering.

Also, for the first time in history, over half of all U.S. patents were awarded to non-U.S. companies, due to what experts say is STEM shortcomings forcing a hold on innovation.

What do you think of these statistics? Is the STEM crisis really as dire as the statistics reveal, or is the U.S. currently making enough progress to combat the dearth in science, technology, engineering and math education; and if so, how? Why do only a minimal percentage of students entering post-secondary education in a STEM field obtain a STEM-related degree?

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