Despite cries of a shortfall in science, technology, engineering, and medicine workers, the New York Times notes that only a subset of the STEM fields have a high demand for new employees.
It points out that a recent analysis indicates that computer science-related fields are expecting 73 percent of all STEM growth through 2024, while only 3 percent of that growth will be in the life sciences. Additionally, it notes that jobs site Glassdoor reports that biochemistry and biotechnology major ranked among the lowest in terms of salary, while computer science and electrical engineering came in at the top spots.
The push for increased numbers of STEM works might be misguided, Harvard Law School's Michael Teitelbaum tells the Times. "When it gets generalized to all of STEM, it's misleading," he says. "We're misleading a lot of young people."
Indeed, the Times adds that some STEM workers are seeking career changes to in-demand areas like data science. For instance, it notes that PhD neuroscientist Anasuya Das has moved over to creating software tools to analyze data from cancer patients to determine which clinical trials might be best for them.