Across the nation, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics can be found in droves. From engineers in the oil fields, to software developers at burgeoning technology companies, to forensic accountants at international accounting firms, career opportunities in STEM-related fields abound.
In fact, more than 715,000 STEM-related jobs are projected in Texas by the year 2018, an increase of 25 percent from 2008, a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found.
However, to remain competitive in this field, it is essential for women to see themselves as leaders in STEM – to actively engage in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In a field historically inundated by men, women are rightfully stepping in to fill many workforce gaps in STEM-related fields created by explosive growth.
“It is exceedingly important for women to study STEM fields, especially those for which there is a high demand. While computing and engineering occupations have the largest projected growth (between 2012 and 2020), they will have applications in all areas of human activity as a result of the growth in automation, sensor application and large-scale data analyses. There will never be enough men to staff the need that is developing, and women must take a leadership role in this new future,” said Oscar H. Criner, professor at the Department of Computer Science and interim associate dean of the College of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University. <Read more.>