Parents have been told to get their children into science, technology, engineering, and math — STEM. “STEM is the stepping stone to good jobs.”
It turns out that most college grads who majored in STEM fields are unable to get jobs in these fields.
Women engineers, yes. Industry needs token women to get the EEOC off their backs. But as for males? Few jobs.
Here are the latest findings from the Bureau of the Census.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM — are not employed in STEM occupations. In addition, men continue to be overrepresented in STEM, especially in computer and engineering occupations. About 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men.
“STEM graduates have relatively low unemployment, however these graduates are not necessarily employed in STEM occupations,” said Liana Christin Landivar, a sociologist in the Census Bureau’s Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch.
According to new statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey, engineering and computer, math and statistics majors had the largest share of graduates going into a STEM field with about half employed in a STEM occupation. Science majors had fewer of their graduates employed in STEM. About 26 percent of physical science majors; 15 percent of biological, environmental and agricultural sciences majors; 10 percent of psychology majors; and 7 percent of social science majors were employed in STEM.
Approximately 14 percent of engineers were women, where they were most underrepresented of all the STEM fields.