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The rising importance of a STEM-Education

As we become further engulfed by the 21st century, it is becoming more widely accepted that a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education will be pivotal to a student’s future success. Below are just 3 reasons as to why this might be the case…

1. Future jobs: “The Future of the Economy is in STEM”

We are all becoming increasingly aware of how pervasive technology is in almost every aspect of daily life. As the workplace changes, STEM knowledge and skills grow in importance for almost all types of jobs. STEM-employment is projected to grow by approximately 13% between 2012 and 2022, with some of the biggest rises seen in jobs such as biomedical engineering, software development and operations analytics. Furthermore, it has been shown that STEM professionals can typically expect to earn more than double the median wage, thereby leading to a financially rewarding career.

2. Develop skills which can change the world

The problems facing today’s world require complex solutions. Issues such as global warming, emerging diseases such as the recent Ebola and Zika viral outbreaks, the all-elusive cure to cancer orthe development of a successful interdependent world economy all come into this category. The solution to these problems will arguably fall upon the shoulders of individuals who have a strong foundation in the STEM subjects.

What’s more, President Obama has recently confounded this view:

“Science is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world…”

President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015

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