Few subjects match the importance of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—for these 21st Century jobs. The US and our allies need to continue to invest in these critical disciplines, beginning on the K-12 level (which benefited from a $13 billion injection of funds from the CARES Act) by promoting school choice and providing incentives to institutions with robust STEM education curriculum.
The Committee on STEM Education of National Science and Technology Council has stated, “The pace of innovation is accelerating globally, and with it the competition for scientific and technical talent. Now more than ever the innovation capacity of the United States—and its prosperity and security—depends on an effective and inclusive STEM education ecosystem.”
STEM knowledge and skills enable individual opportunity and national competitiveness, and the nation needs to develop ways of ensuring access to high-quality education and training experiences for all students and workers at all levels.
Individuals in the STEM workforce make important contributions to improving a nation’s living standards, economic growth, and global competitiveness. They fuel a nation’s innovative capacity through their work in research and development (R&D) and in other technologically advanced activities, collectively referred to as the science and engineering (S&E) enterprise. The goal of this report is to provide information about the STEM workforce that enables insight into how the U.S. S&E enterprise is positioned to meet the needs of and compete in an increasingly technologically advanced economy, both nationally and internationally.