Youth STEAM Summit

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STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math

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  • Date: July 25, 2019, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Location: Chowan Community College, Freeland Building D, 241 W. Modlin Road, Ahoskie, NC 27910
  • Registration due July 12. Contact Reba Green-Holley at 252-287-6991 or

Employment and Income Opportunities

  • Employment in STEM occupations grew much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations over the past decade (24 percent versus 4 percent respectively), and STEM occupations are projected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, compared to 6 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.
  • STEM workers command higher wages, earning 29 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts in 2015.
  • STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations. A STEM degree holder can expect an earnings premium of 12 percent over non-STEM degree holders, holding all other factors constant.
  • There are a number of academic programs that can prepare you for a future in agriculture. These include agronomy, plant breeding, agri-business, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, life sciences, forestry, and veterinary medicine, as well as specialty areas within these programs.
  • Forestry occupations focus on the healthy growth and maintenance of woodlands and parks. This may include wildland fire oversight or suppression efforts. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 15,900 job openings for foresters and conservation scientists due to the need to replace workers who are retiring or leaving for other reasons.

More Diversity Needed

  • Despite the value and importance of STEM skills, not all Americans have equal access to STEM education or are equally represented in STEM fields. Women, persons with disabilities, and three racial and ethnic groups—Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and American Indians or Alaska Natives—are significantly underrepresented in science and engineering education and employment.
  • Although women make up half the population, they comprise less than 30 percent of the STEM workforce.

(Sources: US Department of Commerce, First the Seed Foundation, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Committee on STEM Education and the National Science & Technology Council)