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National STEM Day: November 8, 2023

Press Release Number CB23-SFS.159

From Census.gov / America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers  /  Who Are the STEM Workers Under Age 25? (November 08, 2022):

Technician Is a Common Job Among Young STEM Workers

Jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) often require a bachelor’s degree or higher, leaving few STEM opportunities for workers younger than 25 who shape the nation’s future workforce.

As a result, in 2021 workers between ages 16 and 24 made up 12.7% of total employment across all occupations but only 6.8% of all STEM workers (just under 800,000) in the United States.

While less common, STEM opportunities for young workers without a college degree exist – mostly technician occupations – and are needed to meet future demand.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in STEM occupations is projected to grow at twice the rate (10.8%) of overall employment (5.3%) through 2031.

National STEM/STEAM Day is celebrated every year on November 8 to encourage kids to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, arts and math careers. And nationwide efforts are underway to attract and train young workers through registered apprenticeship programs.

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Key Stats

Source: 2021 and 2022 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates

Note: The table above is condensed to hide all margin of error columns and all rows under each occupational category. Click on the image for the full table.

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From Business and Economy / Surveys and Programs the following tables have data (newest to oldest) for sector NAICS 541: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Source: Business & Industry > Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD)

Note: Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes is a new set of statistics on the earnings outcomes and employment flows of graduates of select post-secondary institutions in the United States. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs.

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Page Last Revised - November 13, 2023
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