STEM subjects are essentially subjects that are related to the four fields Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM is usually used in discussion and reference to educational and curriculum policies. According to the Economics and Statistics Administration, job growth in STEM fields over the past ten years was three times as much as non-STEM, arts jobs (esa.doc.gov 1). STEM jobs are also known to pay very well, averaging 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts. It seems incredibly worth it to pursue a degree in a STEM subject, as they tend to earn higher wages regardless of whether they have a career in STEM fields or not. This graph from newgeometry.com illustrates that in 2011, STEM jobs earned greater hourly earnings than non-STEM jobs in all surveyed states. The only concerning downside to STEM jobs is that they are heavily dependent on government funding. STEM jobs are essential in innovating in all fields and sustaining advancement.
STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future. (2011, July 14). Economic and statistics administration. Retrieved October 24, 2013, from http://www.esa.doc.gov/Reports/stem-good-jobs-now-and-future
Wright, J. (2011, September 30). States with Largest Presence of STEM-Related Jobs. Newgeography.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013, from http://www.newgeography.com/content/002463-states-with-largest-presence-stem-related-jobs