to Choose

1. Demand
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected STEM employment to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022—a 13-percent growth rate. 

Locally, the need for STEM workers with at least a bachelor's degree is expected to similarly grow. A June 2013 study of the Kansas City area STEM industry and workforce ranked the Kansas City area 26th on a list of the 100 metro areas with the most STEM jobs. Not only does one in five Kansas City area jobs require STEM knowledge and technical skill, but 52.2% of these jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree.

What's more, Kansas City area STEM companies are increasingly concerned about the growing difficulty in finding highly qualified employees. 

*BLS, STEM 101: Intro to Tomorrow’s Job

2. Challenge
Technology is changing every day—more like every minute. As a STEM student and professional, you’ll constantly be challenged to think critically, explore real-world problems, and offer creative solutions.

3. Impact
STEM drives the nation’s innovation by generating new ideas, new companies, and new industries. Knowing STEM’s importance, President Obama announced the “Educate to Innovate” campaign—making STEM education a priority in the U.S. until 2020.

4. Salary
STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations. In Kansas City, the average pay for STEM jobs was $80,680, while for non-STEM jobs, the average was $64,128.

*Brooking Metropolitan Policy Program, The Hidden STEM Economy, 2013