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Monday, August 04, 2008

Want a Job? Get a STEM Degree


Yeah. As much as we hate saying that we told ya so; as did family, mentors, and probably, even your envious friends:

The latest Department of Labor unemployment report spotlights the rain on the economy as the nation’s overall jobless rate rose to 5.7 percent in July. Job losses are ripping across bulwark industries from construction to manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, and of course, the big automakers.

But (what a wonderful word), there is a green——as cash money——lining if you are a June 2008 college graduate with, you guessed it: a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math-related discipline.

NACE, or National Association of Colleges and Employers, reports that although new grads with soft majors are struggling, STEM grads have really strong prospects. In fact, career centers and recruiters told NACE that the industries that need, and want, STEM grads include accounting, information technology, health care, the sciences, biotechnology, and engineering.

Which is great news for geeks. Nuff said.--Frank McCoy