Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Math and Science Pay, But High Schoolers Care Less

April 23, 2014 -- (WSJ) --  Math and science are the peas and carrots of the jobs market: great for a career future, but resolutely unpopular with the young.

Even amid a relatively weak jobs picture, fewer U.S. high school students are taking up fields of study with proven earnings potential than was the case a decade ago.

That has translated into a chronic shortage of workers schooled in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, according to research released Wednesday.

The STEM Index, developed by U.S. News & World Report and RaytheonRTN +0.81% Co., found the number of American jobs requiring math or science knowledge increased to 16.8 million last year from 12.8 million in 2000.

Yet during the same period, U.S. high-school students’ interest in those subjects declined—and now stands below 2000 levels.

To read the entire article, go to the Wall Street Journal...

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