“Today’s recovering, highly competitive economy offers a growing demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. To compete in this greater job market, the U.S. education system needs support to equip students with tools for STEM success.”
The newest infographic from PGi, a global leader in virtual meetings for over 20 years, explores the current climate of STEM education in countries worldwide. For the U.S., the country race isn’t even close, with China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland and Korea topping the STEM list. Yet, the current and near-term workforce needs STEM experts, such as engineers, programmers and software developers, as the STEM job market explodes without the STEM-educated workers to support that market.
Businesses, like PGi, are teaming with amazing organizations dedicated to “STEMming the Tide,” according to the infographic. GirlStart is entirely focused on empowering girls in STEM through summer camps, conferences, after-school programs and educational labs designed to boost self-esteem, awareness and scholarships. Junior Achievement helps inspire and prepare young people for success in a global economy, most recently launching the Junior Achievement Chick-fil-A Discovery Center in Atlanta to do just that.
What is STEM education?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. With job postings in STEM occupations outnumbering unemployed workers 1.9:1, educating students in STEM fields is vital not only for their personal economic success, but also the success of countries focused on building economically thriving, innovative economies.
Why should our business get involved?
As the tech market continues to grow, technology companies ranging from software providers to environmental agencies are in desperate need of qualified candidates who know their industry, can do the job and, most importantly, help companies stay atop the innovation curve for relevancy. Innovation and success in STEM fields, however, only comes by building a future workforce that is ready for the challenges of the future. Smart businesses are getting in at the ground level to not only keep their country economically ready for the future, but to also build a workforce that will ultimately provide their business with future growth, innovation and success.
How do we get involved?
Like every charity, STEM education organizations need donations, in-kind support and, most importantly, qualified experts to teach future scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and tech innovators. Organizations like GirlStart and Junior Achievement have local chapters that enable personal volunteerism, but also corporate partnership opportunities, as well.