Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Getting to the Bottom of Vital Industry Data

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Getting to the Bottom of Vital Industry Data

Article excerpt

IN "RETURN TO SENDER" (page 30), we look at US schools' failure to equip students with the tech-based skills that employers are seeking from new workers. At the base of the issue is the sheer need for educators to develop students' interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. What might get them to pursue a career in a STEM-related field? This month's Speak Up survey endeavored to find out.

HIGHLIGHTS

* About a third of secondary school students say they are not interested in entering a STEM-related career.

* Having a temporary job in the field and having a school program about possible future jobs are most often cited by students as factors that would help boost their interest in a STEM-related career.

Are you interested in a career in a STEM-related field?

                         grades 6-8             grades 9-12
                   (samples size: 72,689)   (sample size: 54,442)

No                           33%                     36%
Maybe & somewhat             37%                     36%
Yes                          18%                     23%
Other                        11%                      5%

Note: Table made from bar graph.

Which of the following would help increase your interest
in a STEM-related field? (Multiple responses allowed).

                                       grades 6-8      grades 9-12
                                       (sample size:   (sample size:
                                       72,689)         54,442)

Have a summer or part-time job or
  internship in my field of interest        65%             47%

Receive scholarships to college             54%             47%

Have a program at school about
  future careers                            48%             54%

Learn about the job through
  volunteer opportunities                   46%             41%

Meet successful role models                 45%             48%

Take a field trip to visit companies        44%             44%

Learn from teachers who have worked
  in the professional field I'm
  interested in                             38%             35%

Let career professionals teach
  lessons at school                         38%             37

Talk to career professionals about
  their jobs                                35%             33%

Take a self-assessment test to
  identify my career interests or
  strengths                                 33%             30%

Participate in career exploration
  programs during the summer                31%             25%

Participate in career exploration
  programs after school                     30%             29%

Provide access to websites with
  information about careers                 30%             30%

Note: Table made from bar graph. … 
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