College degrees of the future will focus on technology, data, security and robotics. A STEM education has never been so valuable, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.
U.S. News & World Report frames the issue America faces if more students don't seek out a STEM education:
As was noted at the recent U.S. News STEM Leadership Summit in Dallas, a crisis exists and Americans must act now to address the gap in jobs and available talent. Estimates show the U.S. will have over 1.2 million unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math by 2018. The crisis we face pits these unfilled jobs against a population that is not qualified or prepared to do them.
The data is clear. Students prepared in STEM-related disciplines enjoy higher starting salaries and lower unemployment rates than the population at large. The benefits of a quality STEM program transcend gender, ethnicity, geographic region, and education level. Many communities recognize the value of STEM education for regional economic development and are forging meaningful partnerships between schools and nonprofits as well as business and industry leaders.
Take a look at the infographic below to see the majors students are likely to pursue in the future. Is our K–12 infrastructure ready to prepare tomorrow's college students for the challenge?