STEM subjects are a group of subjects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The purpose of these specific subjects is to get students more technologically advanced in our ever growing technological world. For science, you have your basic biology, physics and chemistry. You won’t just learn about science but you will be able to apply what you learn to the real world. With technology students would learn the different processes and devices that come with the new technology advancements. Engineering involves the knowledge of how to create new technology and how it all works. Mathematics works with the usual numbers and equations but it also looks at relationships and patterns with numbers, quantities and shapes (Shores).
STEM jobs as a whole are growing nationally. Different studies have found that having a degree in a STEM field also pays more than having a different degree. The payment gap between men and women is also smaller than in other fields. A study in Georgia shows the different percentages between earnings with a STEM job and a non STEM job.
Carnevale, A., Smith, N., & Melton, M. (2011). STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Washington, DC: Georgetown University: Center on Education and the Workforce.
Shores, K. (n.d.). Science, technology, engineering, & mathematics. Retrieved from http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/stemintrod.asp