Engineering, as one of the subjects falling under STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), is critical to business and industry as the economy needs people who can innovate to solve problems. Think of how many jobs use computers and even more rely on telephones, mobiles and other communication devices. Not just that, most of the things we use and consume every day are made in factories on machines highlighting just how important STEM subjects are.
Following a career in STEM needs to start early so to get students hyped up for that next maths or science test, we’ve engineered this fun quiz to test their existing knowledge of STEM and show them just how important it is.
1. Which of these degree courses are not considered to be part of STEM?
The Social Sciences include subjects like Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology and are grouped within the Humanities faculty.
2. Which language is needed more and more every year in the workplace?
A report from Burning Glass found that programming in jobs is growing 12% faster than any other requirement.
3. True or false... careers in STEM will reduce twice as fast as other careers?
False. STEM careers are set to grow by 6% by 2023. This is two times faster than other careers.
4. Which of these careers has the highest annual salary?
According to Forbes magazine, pharmacists can earn a median salary of £97,000 a year.
5. What is the difference between the average salary of graduates with STEM degrees and those with degrees in non-STEM subjects?
According to the US Department of Education, students who studied STEM subjects averaged annual salaries equivalent to £50,000. STEM graduates were also more like to be employed long term.
6. What percentage of employees in STEM studied to university level?
93% of people in STEM careers have university degrees or postgraduate degrees. Only 7% have not been through higher education.
7. True or false... 60% of STEM-trained graduates are employed in the STEM workforce?
False. Only 52% are working in the STEM industries. The rest of the workforce goes into management, finance, business, social services, legal work, education and other sectors.
8. How many women are there in the STEM workforce?
According to a 2017 report by WISE, women made up 23% of the STEM workforce with a total of 864,278 employed.
What do we take from the quiz? Briefly, that STEM is a fast growing sector, needing a highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce, where employees can earn significantly more than the average.
What the quiz outlines, however, is that women are significantly underrepresented in the sector. Why this is, is highly debated, but some believe that girls are discouraged from pursuing STEM subjects from an early age because of negative stereotypes, one, about their own abilities, and two, about the people who work in STEM careers, sometimes portrayed as ‘geeky loners’.
Whilst everyone would agree that this situation is restricting girls unnecessarily, many believe the status quo can be altered by introducing girls to STEM subjects earlier on in their education, enthusing them through experience and encouraging them to understand that everyone, even rocket scientists and brain surgeons, needs to practise to succeed.
Which is why we support “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” and other such STEM initiatives! We’re firmly behind it and have created a STEM Lesson Plan Pack to inspire girls and boys alike. Take a look too at our blog of 23rd January for some real-life inspiration!