High school seniors are increasingly opting to pursue STEM studies after graduation. According to The Boston Globe, in Medfield, Massachusetts, just south of Boston, 27 percent of seniors this year have chosen to study computer science, mathematics, engineering, or science in college, up from 19 percent in 2007. In fact, the number of Medfield seniors declaring majors in these fields has now exceeded the traditionally popular business majors.
Across Massachusetts, lawmakers report that there are currently two unemployed people for every one job. However, the opposite is the case for all STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs where there are twice as many jobs as applications to fill them. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in these areas there are 150,000 new jobs created annually with salaries ranging from $50,000-$130,000, with approximately 150,000 available jobs annually. Specifically in the computer and information research field employment is expected to grow by 19 % between 2010 and 2020. It also reports that the median annual wage was just over $100,000 in May 2010.