The University of Arizona

CatPulse Wednesday - Wildcats on Their Dream Jobs

In a recent CatPulse survey, nearly 60 percent of Wildcats identified a dream job that fell within the STEM field. This is hardly surprising given the University of Arizona’s strong reputation as a science and research institution and the presence of two medical schools on campus.

But what’s happening on a national level as it relates to trends in the STEM field?   

In recent years, STEM fields have received more attention from the national government. For instance, in 2015, Barack Obama announced the “Educate to Innovate” initiative, investing over $1 billion to support STEM programs.

The hope is that expansion of the STEM fields will keep the U.S. competitive in global markets. At the while, filling labor needs in a high-demand field because each year, nearly 600,000 jobs in the STEM field go unfilled (Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte).

Today, STEM jobs are growing 1.7 times faster than non-STEM jobs. By 2018, the estimated size of the STEM workforce is expected to reach 8.7 million (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Universities such as the UA, are already seeing a need to increase access to STEM curriculum and degree paths.

Recently, the university announced the launch of its Online Science Academy. The new initiative will allow students to take science courses — such as chemistry, biology, space and atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, and physiology —  without the need to be physically present on campus.

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