The most popular STEM career paths are increasingly getting a second look thanks to an uptick in interest in STEM degrees and the rising number of young people who want to pursue them, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The bureau released its latest jobs report on Tuesday, noting that the number of college graduates with STEM degrees has increased nearly 7 percent since 2010, while the number who are pursuing STEM jobs has more than doubled.
The report comes as a slew of tech-related job openings have popped up, including the creation of a $2.5 billion tech startup accelerator and a venture capital fund aimed at building up the startup ecosystem.
Many of these companies also have an eye toward tech-focused hiring.
The number of STEM jobs in the U, including those in technology, finance, education, health care and more, has grown by nearly 9 percent over the past three years, the bureau said.
The bureau said that there is a surge in interest for STEM degrees, with the number increasing from 11 percent in 2014 to 15 percent in 2016, and by an even bigger 11 percent to 17 percent in 2017.
A recent survey by the Georgetown University Center for Science Education found that the share of students graduating from STEM colleges increased to 58 percent in the last two years, with nearly a quarter of them pursuing STEM degrees.
The STEM field is often seen as an alternative path to the traditional college or university career path, but there are some new challenges for many people in the field.
While many employers have made it a point to emphasize that STEM degrees don’t necessarily require a college degree, that doesn’t mean those who want a career in the technology sector can’t find a way.
“People have been really looking at the future and trying to figure out what kind of careers they want to have and the path to getting there,” said Michael Lefevre, a STEM career consultant and professor of psychology at the University of San Francisco.
“It’s a little bit of a mystery.”
The growing number of companies in the sector, Lefewer said, means it’s becoming harder to find those who are willing to take the leap.
“It’s just becoming harder and harder to get into this industry,” Lefwervis said.
“And it’s really challenging for people who are starting out in the business.”
He added that it’s a trend that’s also seen an increase in the number with little to no experience in tech.
“We’re just seeing the beginning of the transition,” Lelford said.
“The future of the technology industry is very bright,” said Eric Johnson, a technology career consultant who specializes in the fields of IT, networking, cybersecurity and other technical fields.
“I think we’re going to see more of an emphasis on those folks who are just getting into it as opposed to those that have some degree.”
The job market for the next wave of tech workers has been shifting in recent years, as companies increasingly look for a skilled workforce, including people with a technical background, Johnson said.
In addition to a recent increase in tech startups, Johnson noted a significant number of people in this industry have been looking for a career path in finance, and some have started to think about whether they could take a job in finance in the future.
While most of the companies that have created tech-based startups have focused on the tech-specific industries, Johnson notes that other sectors have been popping up in the job market, including education and health care.
In general, Johnson believes the number and quality of education in the STEM field has improved, but the hiring trends in the tech sector are more complex than other industries.
“What we’re seeing in education is that there’s more interest in this [STEM] stuff, but we’re also seeing more people wanting to be educated in these areas,” he said.
Johnson noted that the tech industry has become more popular as a career, with more and more people looking to get jobs in tech-oriented businesses.
He believes that the focus on tech-centered careers will continue to grow in the years ahead, and that the hiring of the next generation of engineers will be the key to the future of tech.
The rise of STEM-oriented jobs and the lack of access to STEM education has led to a significant spike in the unemployment rate among people who have gone to college or are planning to attend college.
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the number that are unemployed due to lack of educational attainment has increased by almost 2 percent since last year, while unemployment for people without a college education is up nearly 10 percent, to 13.5 percent.
The unemployment rate for college graduates without a high school diploma is up by 3.5 percentage points, to 14.4 percent.