The Value of a STEM Degree

By Judah Esparza

A STEM student working at her desk

When it comes to earning a degree that will prepare you for an in-demand career and provide you a job after graduation, a safe bet would be the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field. Unlike other degree fields, the STEM field will always be looking to expand because of the constant growth and change it experiences. Technology and science is a huge part of today’s world, thus more and more jobs are being formed every year and the demand for educated workers continues to rise.

The Expansion of STEM Fields

Careers within the STEM industry directly and significantly impact our world, whether by medical technology and research, mechanical engineering or energy conservation practice. We are currently living in a time where our country has experienced the greatest expansion of the STEM field since the Cold War. With the continuing globalization of today, there is a huge drive for the advancement of technology, medicine and many other sub-fields within the STEM field.

The Demand of STEM Workers

Because the demand for workers within the STEM field is rising, the wages of these positions are rising as well. The lack of educated and qualified workers within the technology field has caused the average salary pay to increase and now deems the few individuals that are competent and capable of performing preexisting positions, as well as new ones, as extremely valuable. The other fields that exist in STEM industry are expanding as well, but because of their need for highly educated, skilled and motivated workers, they are also experiencing employee shortages.

What Does This Mean?

When considering entering the world of STEM, take time to carefully think of the specific field that you are interested in. STEM fields can be very challenging and if you are not truly passionate about it, the work and time commitment it requires may begin to drain you and leave you unhappy. However, if you enjoy your STEM degree and the field of work, you will find it very profitable and rewarding! The STEM field is constantly expanding and there is no better time than now to dive into this industry and begin leaving your mark on the world!

Grand Canyon University offers a variety of different programs in its College of Science, Engineering, and Technology! To learn more about the different degree programs offered at GCU visit our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of the page!

Written by Judah Esparza, a GCU business management alum.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.