11. It increases your chances of landing a job.

STEM occupations are growing 17% faster than any other field, and the unemployment rate for recent graduates are less than those with liberal arts degrees.

People with STEM degrees are coveted in other fields because of the special skills and talents they possess. No one was ever passed up for a job because they were too good at solving problems.

12. It’s great for writers.

Finding a job as a freelancer writer is more difficult than finding a job as a nurse assistant, unless you’re applying for medical and technical writing jobs (which are in high demand). Being able to write clearly about complex topics will make you more marketable, which means that you have a better chance of becoming an in-demand writer instead of a starving artist.

You heard that correctly – even writers can enjoy the benefits of a STEM education!

13. It is a growing field.

1 in 20 jobs are projected to be STEM-related by the year 2018. For example, engineering jobs are projected increase 11%. Besides the healthcare industry, STEM fields are expanding more quickly than any other. And according to publicschoolreview.com, the National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of jobs available for the years to come will require math and science skills.

14. It shapes a better world.

Every election is based on choosing leaders who know how to estimate statistics and how to base decisions on sound economics. And many of the local and state polls depend on both economic and scientific knowledge. Having a strong set of STEM skills will allow you to analyze the world around you and find ways to make improvements.

15. It is part of our daily lives.

Science is the makeup we wear and the fuel that gets us where we need to go. Few of us could imagine living without our personal tech – smartphones, tablets, and fitness trackers. Advances in engineering allow us to live in more energy-efficient, cost-effective homes, work in greener buildings, and travel more safely across bridges and through tunnels.

We all rely on mathematics when evaluating different loan options, choosing healthcare plans, and calculating the cost of trips, education, and childcare.

There are so many benefits of a STEM education, but make sure you decide to pursue one for the right reasons.

Not everyone automatically sees themselves as a math person or a science person, but if you are able to combine your passions with a strong set of STEM skills, you can do what you love.

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