At Deer Lakes, our emphasis on STEM educational initiatives begins at the primary level and carries through each student's high school graduation.
We focus so much on STEM programs because economics studies have consistently shown that regionally, nationally, and globally the job industry is in deserate need of employees who have experience and skills related to STEM fields. According to a Brookings Institute study that was published by US News & World Report, there remains a dearth of qualified candidates to fill STEM relaated jobs. In fact, from 2000 to 2013, analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics data and adjusting for inflation, median salaries for workers in computer and mathematical, health care practitioner, engineering, and science occupations rose an average of seven percent, even as those for the average US worker showed no growth. Software developers, for instance, saw salaries soar 26 percent over the same period, culminating in an average of $82,000 in 2013, up from $48,000 in 1980. More broadly, census data showed a large relative increase in the STEM earnings premium – about 60 percent – from 1980 to 2012. That is an unprecedented rise in average annual salary and speaks directly to the STEM talent void that exists in the US.
In 2010, recovery from the 2008 downturn started to take hold in many STEM occupations. Unemployment in professional and related occupations decreased from 4.5 percent in 2010 to 2.6 percent in 2015. Computer and mathematical occupations added 838,000 jobs between from 2010 and 2015. Architecture and engineering occupations added 335,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015, growing 12.8 percent.