Tuesday, June 11, 2013

STEM Yes, Degree No?

From Joanne Jacobs' Community College Spotlight blog:
Half of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) jobs are open to workers without a bachelor’s degree, according to a new Brookings report, The Hidden STEM Economy.  These jobs in manufacturing, health care, construction, installation, maintenance and repair pay $53,000 on average, 10 percent more than jobs with similar educational requirements. For example, a computer systems analyst averages $82,320 without a four-year degree, according to Brookings.

Overall, 20 percent of U.S. jobs now require STEM skills, Brookings estimates.

Even in high-tech Silicon Valley, there’s a demand for people with math and fix-it skills but no bachelor’s degree, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
Go read the whole thing.

1 comment:

Ellen K said...

I predict we are on the verge of having elites held hostage by technicians as the elites more and more do not know how to do much outside their narrow field and technicians know how to link systems together in effective ways. We will see masses of STEM grads working for less and more technical school grads working for more. Just my view.