Developing Florida’s next generation of STEM innovators

Joan S. Reed
In this 2015 photo, students raise their hands during their weekly computer science lesson at an elementary school.

The future of the economy is in STEM.

Occupations related to STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in the United States are projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels.

While many often think of career-paths that require a four-year degree like civil engineers, doctors, accountants or scientists, there are a vast array of other careers in STEM, and approximately half of those STEM jobs only require a two-year degree.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are present everywhere. Did you check the weather before picking out your outfit? Science. Did you use your smartphone to use your weather app and check your morning emails? Technology. Did you use a road or cross a bridge to arrive to your destination? Engineering. Did you determine the correct change while buying your morning coffee? Math. STEM is everywhere we look.

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