Introduction to STEM Statistics

STEM is the interaction between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that results in so much more than each part taken on its own. STEM education has a national and global impact, so let’s review these using key STEM statistics.

When a concept has such a far-reaching impact on our day-to-day lives, it is undeniably important to examine that impact. We’ve combed through the research on STEM in an attempt to better understand the meaning of STEM, how it is impacting the world we live in right now, and what effect it will have on our future. 

You can use the STEM statistics below to understand the state of STEM education.

Highlights of STEM Statistics

STEM Employment Statistics

This is a selection of statistics on the ways that STEM is impacting the global workforce as a whole. The general consensus? STEM jobs not only pay better than non-STEM jobs, but are also predicted to become increasingly important to the global economy over time.

STEM jobs projected to grow faster than others

Women in STEM Statistics

These statistics examine women in STEM focused careers. Many studies, throughout the years, suggest that even though there is no significant difference in STEM focused abilities between men and women, women are far underrepresented in high paying positions in STEM fields. This is despite the fact that, on average, companies with women in leadership roles perform better than companies without.   

Global Statistics for Women in STEM

US Women in STEM Statistics

Characteristics of the STEM workforce

Minorities in STEM Statistics

These are statistics looking specifically at the relationships between STEM and minority groups. In general, we can see that despite diversity in a company being extremely beneficial for both its profits and its resiliency, minorities are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields. This is likely caused by a number of factors, but one of the most obvious causes is the lack of funding for schools with larger minority populations. 

“Diversity is America’s unique advantage in science and technology”

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan.

STEM in College Stats

These statistics are specifically dealing with STEM in higher education. The number of college students intending to major in science and engineering fields is steadily rising, as are the numbers of S&E graduates because of the many opportunities.

HIghest paying college majors in the US