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Job Outlook Scores “A” on State STEM Report Cards

April 13, 2016

The 2016 State STEM Report Cards are just in. Overall, the grade for states across the country: Needs Improvement.

Now in its 16th year, the STEM on the Hill™ State STEM Report Cards series illustrates the importance of STEM education and research to state and local economies, job growth, innovation, competitiveness, standard of living and U.S. national security.

This year’s report reveals nearly 30% — more than 1.6 million students nationwide — would like to pursue STEM in their futures. Although student interest in STEM careers is on the rise, it needs to grow still more to satisfy the demand for STEM jobs in the U.S. for the future.

The upside of the report is that the employment picture is bright for students with the skills and the drive to excel in one of the highly rewarding STEM careers.

In our global economy, STEM plays a vital role in powering America’s economic growth and competitiveness. So keep innovating! By continuing to learn and grow in the STEM fields, you can make your mark and change your own life, your community and even your country for the better!

You’ll find STEM Report Card grades below for the high school graduating class of 2017 in states participating in the Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth program. Results are based on an in-depth look at more than 6 million students in the 2016 MyCollegeOptions® program. See how your state scored.

Student Interest in Pursuing STEM Careers

  • Alabama - 46.9% (male students), 12.0% (female students)
  • California - 45.0% (males), 16.3% (females)
  • Florida - 40.6% (males), 14.0% (females)
  • Indiana - 47.6% (males), 14.3% (females)
  • Michigan - 47.1% (males), 15.0% (females)