Nearly three in four high school seniors know what career they want to pursue, and STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) top their choices. The finding, from a survey conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), offers hope that young people may bridge a looming skills gap prompted by baby boomer retirements.
Already, jobs in information technology, health care and a resurgent manufacturing sector are among the hardest to fill. EMSI reports that 37% of vacancies in those fields remain open for 12 weeks or longer.
Six of the 10 most popular college majors among current high school seniors are STEM-related.