Choosing a learning and career path is one of the most important decisions you can make. One of the ways to explore options is through the 16 Career Clusters® identified by the U.S. Department of Education. Among them—science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and information technology (IT).
STEM and IT Learning and Career Resources:
A U.S. News and World Report survey shows students are twice as likely to study STEM fields compared to their parents, and 52 percent of parents surveyed think the number of STEM jobs in the United States will increase. Two out of five Americans say the STEM worker shortage is at a “crisis level” in the United States and there is a need for more individuals to take on such roles.
IT is defined as the "design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services." These key opportunities in the IT field are listed among the "Fastest Growing Occupations" by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Information Support and Services
- Network Systems
- Programming and Software Development
- Web and Digital Communications