Unequal opportunity

  • Only 49 percent of African-Americans and 53 percent of Latinos attend schools with computer science classes.

  • 65,000 black, Latino, and Indian-American students perform in the top 25 percent of all students in tenth grade math.

  • Yet, fewer than 4,900 took the Advanced Placement computer science test in 2014.

  • In the class of 2014, more than 20,000 minority high schoolers with the potential to succeeed on an Advanced Placement STEM exam never took one.

  • Only 33 percent of teenagers have ever been involved in a science club or group, either in or out of school. Low-income teenagers are especially unlikely to have been involved, and are more likely to be unaware of extracurricular science offerings.

  • Low-income students also have the fewest pathways to science careers. They are less likely to know someone who works in biology (19 percent versus 25 percent of higher-income students) and not as likely to have access to career-planning resources.

  • Worldwide U.S. millennials ranked dead last out of 19 countries tested in problem solving with technology.

Where do we stand today?

  • Twenty-three percent of high school girls say they are interested in pursing computer science. Yet, 0.4 percent female college freshmen list STEM as their intended college major.

  • In 1984, 37.1 percent of computer science degrees were awarded to women. That number has dropped significantly ever since. By 2012, it was down to 18 percent.

  • Why? Many women point to a hostile environment as their reason for leaving STEM majors or careers.

Now hiring

Some of the most in-demand jobs on today’s market requiring a background in STEAM—including the arts—include:

  1. Architect

  2. Journalist

  3. Industrial

  4. Nurse

  5. Supply Chain Manager

  6. Film/Video Editor

  7. Software Developer

  8. Personal Finance Director

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