Poll: Teens See Most Value in STEM, Medical Jobs

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A new survey has found that most middle and high school aged teens value higher education and believe that adding a degree in sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) on their resumes will provide them with the most career opportunities after college.

According to the American Society for Quality (ASQ) survey, a majority of students in grades 6 through 12 said that certain STEM careers would provide the most employment prospects after graduation, with 34% saying a career as a medical doctor and 26% saying a degree in engineering would be the best guarantee of future work.

At the same time, however, the survey found that students who indicated they wanted to add a STEM-related degree to their resume believe that the cost and time for those majors was too high when compared to other subjects.

“It’s encouraging to see that more students see the value of STEM careers like engineering but clearly STEM professionals and educators can be doing more to support students along this career path,” said Jim Rooney, ASQ chair and quality engineer with ABSG Consulting in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with an advanced degree can earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education.

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