Why STEM Majors Opt Out of STEM Careers

By Barbara Frankel

Not enough college students are choosing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors — but even many of those who do get STEM degrees are not employed in STEM occupations.

A U.S. Census Bureau report found 74 percent of those with bachelor’s degrees in a STEM topic opt for non-STEM careers. Engineering, math and statistics majors had the most graduates going into STEM occupations (about 50 percent) while only 26 percent of physical science majors and 15 percent of biological, environmental and agricultural sciences majors worked in STEM jobs.

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