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Experts estimate STEM career vacancies will expand by millions

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TYLER (KYTX) - The US Department of Commerce said vacancies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields are expected to boom over the next few years.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains what's behind the growth in STEM career availability.

Specialist said in the past, a lot of people have opted out of going into STEM related job fields because they thought it was just too hard. However over the years, a lot more people are willing to take that risk.

In the past 10 years STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs. 

"I love math. I really do," said UT Tyler Senior and math major Janelle Benton. "There's a lot you can do with a math major, not just teach," she said.

She's what some would call brave to have willingly taken on a subject often considered difficult. Specialist said,  her desire to try something hard will leave her open to a range of career opportunities.

"Oh it's been tremendous specially the last several years," said Mark Parkerson, Executive Director of the UT Tyler Ingenuity Center when talking about the number of people choosing to take on the STEM field.

The Ingenuity Center's focus is to prepare students to take on the STEM field.

"We're moving into this technological age, and we all have to be prepared for it," Parkerson said.

The US Department of Commerce estimates by 2018, there will be nearly three million STEM career vacancies. That growth rate is two times higher than the estimated non-STEM job growth will be.

Research shows those in the STEM fields can demand higher pay and have more job security. Parkerson said, as technology grows so will the need for people that specialize in STEM fields. They will be the ones that will keep things operating properly.

"We need biologist, we need chemist we need engineers we need health care professionals for the future, cause that's where we have shortages today," he said.

Parkerson said encouraging young people to study STEM now will prepare them for the boom of the future.

Due to the expected growth  in STEM related careers, specialist say STEM related education will be being taught as early as Elementary school.

 

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