Saturday, July 28, 2018

Teens' Career Interests Study

Fewer boys want to pursue a science, technology, engineering and math career, according to a recent survey of teenagers. Boys' interest in STEM fields declined from 36% last year to 24% this year, but girls' interest in STEM fields remained unchanged at 11% of all surveyed girls. The
declining interest in STEM could be due to children's fear of inadequacy. But STEM isn't the only field witnessing a decline in interest, as desires for careers in the arts dropped from 18 percent to 13 percent. Meanwhile, interest in careers in medical and dental fields increased from 15 to 19 percent, with girls "far more likely to choose this path" than boys, according to the survey, which may be due to girls' passion for helping people.
Grocholski, E., & McWilliams, L. (2018). Teens' interest in STEM careers. Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young.

Funk, C., & Parker, K. (2018). Women and men in STEM often at odds over workplace equity. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center.

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