Illinois Needs More STEM Talent
It pays dividends to be in a STEM field, and the demand for STEM talent will only grow in the next decade in Illinois and beyond.
STEM is Outpacing Overall U.S. Job Growth
Employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth.
STEM jobs will grow
All other jobs which will only grow
12% Advanced Manufacturing
STEM Earnings are High
STEM workers enjoy a pay advantage compared with non-STEM workers with similar levels of education.
Among those with some college education, the typical full-time, yearly STEM worker earns
While a similarly educated non-STEM worker earns
$40,505, or 26% less
Median earnings in United States STEM jobs are:
$38.85 / hour
Median earnings in all other United States jobs are:
$19.30 / hour
STEM Unemployment is Low
Unemployment is lower in STEM occupations. Between 2014-2017:
United States STEM unemployment rate
Non-STEM unemployment rate
Supplies of Talent are Limited
The national STEM pipeline loses young people at every level of the education system.
84.1% of high school students graduate (2015-2016)
62.4% of high school graduates who began a 4-year program in fall 2011 will graduate by spring 2017
39.3% of high school graduates who began a 2-year program in fall 2011 will graduate by spring 2017
25.6% of certificates and degrees are in STEM fields (2014-2015)