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Women Can Benefit From Earning a STEM Bachelor's Degree



By Catherine Groux
Posted August 15, 2011 02:35 PM

Studies show that women can find many benefits in earning a STEM degree.
Studies show that women can find many benefits in earning a STEM degree.
A July report by the U.S. Commerce Department's Economics and Statistics Administration shows that students who earn degrees in science, technology, economics or mathematics (STEM) can see many benefits after graduation.

For example, the report shows employees who work in STEM-related positions tend to earn about 26% more than individuals who do not. An additional report by the administration indicates that this may be especially true for women in STEM positions, as they make about 33% more than females who are employed in other sectors.

Still, despite this large salary increase, the new report indicates that there are relatively few women in STEM positions. While about half of the total workforce is female, only about 24% of STEM jobs are held by women. This figure has remained consistent over the past 10 years.

Dr. Rebecca Blank, acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said in a statement that if the shortage of women in STEM positions is decreased, it can increase innovation in the nation.

"Closing the gender gap in STEM degrees will boost the number of Americans in STEM jobs, and that will enhance U.S. innovation and sharpen our global competitiveness," she said.

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