0 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2013 12:17 AM by Lynne Hoffman RSS

How important is the S in STEM?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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I read an interesting article--Why the S in STEM Is Overrated--by Mark Schneider in The Atlantic, September 24, 2013, that suggests employers like to praise scientists more than they are willing to pay them for their research.


According to the article, "Wage data in several states show that employers are paying more -- often far more -- for techies (i.e.: computer science majors), engineers, and math grads. But no evidence suggests that biology majors, the most popular science field of study, earn a wage premium. Chemistry graduates earn somewhat more than biology grads, but still don’t command the wages that are quite TEM-quality."


In other words, to make money in a STEM field, one should pursue a career as a techie, engineer, or mathematician.


Is the S in STEM overrated?  Please share your thoughts.

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