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Few Jobs for STEM Majors

Written by Gary North on September 16, 2014

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.

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9 thoughts on “Few Jobs for STEM Majors

  1. Phillip the Bruce says:

    There are few STEM jobs for one reason. There are few jobs, period.
    Until the gunverment quits interfering in the market (which will probably not be until it collapses), there will be no recovery and very few new jobs, STEM or otherwise.

  2. Uh, psychology and social sciences are not STEM fields.

  3. Stuart Shepherd says:

    bingo! what they do here in washington, DC is save money for a taxi to drive all the rich government employees around. Personally, I work at the Starbucks across from the State Department, the General Accounting Office, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Interior. We do TONS of business and all those well-dressed, rich government employees spend a ton of YOUR money there! Thank y'all very much for paying my salary!

  4. Hey Joe, I think the idea of that % breakdown paragraph was which majors were getting STEM jobs. I'm glad you made your point though, because I was confused too until I read your comment. Then figured they wanted to show who was getting the stem jobs. Wonder how they tracked STEM jobs and tied them to college majors, anyway. The Census bureau? I Wonder how accurate that is?

  5. I guess they got money and lots of time, seems like they are not doing much LOL

  6. A major problem is that the STEM graduates that I interview are very poorly trained. Four years of college and most know little in their chosen fields. At least, that is my experience. Sadly, they tend not to know that they know nothing.

  7. Montgonery F. says:

    Lowest unemployment rate in US? DC.

  8. What are you looking for in a STEM graduate or would like to see?

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