Action needed to address shortfalls of STEM majors, says survey

Action is needed to address shortfalls in the number of STEM majors, says a recent survey

According to a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), more action is needed to make STEM degrees more accessible to students.

Researchers from MIT surveyed around 1,000 people between 16 and 25 years old. The report suggests that some seniors filling out college applications or choosing a major don't know much about these degree programs or what kinds of jobs graduates of these majors can do.

However, many young people said that they would be interested in STEM majors and scientific careers if more information were available. Around 80 percent of survey participants said they would be interested in majors that would help them become more inventive and creative.

"It's reassuring, youth are invested in helping others," Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, the group that administered the survey, told the news source. "They want to be altruistic. It gives us cause to be optimistic."

According to The New York Times, President Barack Obama wants colleges to graduate 10,000 more engineers per year in order for the U.S. to remain competitive.

If you're filling out college applications for STEM majors, talk to the faculty of your prospective schools about the kinds of careers available for graduates of these programs.

Original Post Date: January 25th, 2012

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