Skip navigation
No more
Know more

Even if you graduate with a STEM major, you’re likely to work in a different field

Even if you graduate with a STEM major, you’re likely to work in a different field

Data from the Census shows that surprisingly few students who major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics go on to work in those fields — even if you exclude psychology and the social sciences, which the Census dubiously counts as STEM disciplines. This suggests we need to reconsider our habit of encouraging young people to major in these areas, at least until we first determine why so few of those who already do find a way to put their skills to use.

Max Ehrenfreund | July 11 at 9:54 am
Know more: The myth of the science and engineering shortage
No more
Know more
A study says more Democrats believe in the paranormal, though Republicans are still more worried about Satan
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Ana Swanson
ADVERTISEMENT
No more
Know more
Alcohol and homicide go hand in hand in Eastern Europe
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
After $7.6 billion in U.S. drug war spending, the Afghan poppy crop is bigger than ever
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
If black America were a country, its per capita GDP would rank 40 places behind the U.S.
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
This was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite infographic
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
The U.S. ranks with Thailand and India as one of the world’s most unequal countries
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
Ana Swanson
No more
Know more
For most Americans, the Milky Way is vanishing
Ana Swanson