Monday, June 28, 2010

STEM fields

I have been unsuccessfully trying to find a report that I read a while ago. Maybe you all can help. The report stated that there is a correlation between the amount of students majoring in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the nations future economy (5 or 10 years out). This is pretty interesting. I think this is why the government is trying to get people interested in the sciences and technology with things like the SMART grant and whatnot. I saw that those countries who have the highest percentages of students majoring in those subjects are those countries that have the highest growth rate in their economy. These majors include ones like:
biology, chemistry, physics, agricultural science,
mathematics, statistics, computer science, actuarial science,
applied mathematics, biochemistry, computer engineering, mechanical engineering,
civil engineering, aerospace science, food science, computer security,
astrophysics, astronomy, nanotechnology, nuclear physics,
mathematical biology, operations research, bioinformatics, zoology,
psychophysics, neurobiology, biomechanics, epidemiology
acoustical engineering, geographic information systems, electrical engineering, and computer security

(List provided by the almighty Wikipedia)

Has anyone else heard of this?

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