Why STEM?

Future demand for STEM jobs is staggering. Employment in occupations related to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is projected to grow to more than 9 million by 2022, an increase of more than 1 million jobs in just 10 years.

You can use this roundup of STEM statistics, fact sheets and infographics to help champion your work with STEM:

Kansas City’s STEM Needs

According to KC SourceLink, nearly 7,700 STEM jobs were posted in 2015. Companies in the metro area, however, were able to only hire about 2,550 candidates. That’s not a good trend, as STEM job openings in the metro area have increased 63 percent since 2013, while hires have only increased about 15 percent during the same period.

STEM 101: Intro to Tomorrow’s Jobs

This summary of STEM job data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics comes from the STEM Education Coalition.

STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future

This report from the U.S. Department of Commerce showcases the advantages of working in STEM, the rapid rate of job growth and why STEM workers are important for the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy.

The Gender Gap

This report from the U.S. Department of Commerce illustrates the persistent gender gap in STEM fields, providing evidence of the need to encourage and support women in STEM.

The Case for STEM Education

Statistics from the National Math + Science Initiative illustrate the focus on improving student performance in critical STEM areas.