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STEM continue to boom through 2020

One of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) sister ATE Centers, the Mid-Pacific Information and Communication Technologies Center (MPICT) alerted us to a new report from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  This report looked at strategies to improve the computer science pipeline.  While the focus was on strengthening K-12 curriculum, creating new pathways, and developing new programs, the findings obviously impact community college programs.

Some highlights of the report:

By 2020, one of every two jobs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) will be in computing.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that 62% of new STEM jobs created through 2020 will be computing jobs.  Engineering is a distant second place at just 20%.

The BLS further estimates that 150,000 new computing jobs will open annually between now and 2020.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that by 2019, 90% of all physicians will use electronic health records, a move spurred in part by the federal HITECT Act of 2009.

The BLS reports that only 25.6% of computer occupations in 2012 were women, 7.4% African-American, and 6.1% Latino,

Only 17 states currently allow an AP computer science course to satisfy a core high school math or science course.

In 2012, less than 3% of the more than 1 million students who took AP exams in STEM subjects took the AP Computer Science exam.

The report also offers a detailed look at successful new computer science initiatives in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, and public school systems in Los Angeles and Chicago.

You’ll also find state-by-stare charts and figures for computer science jobs and salaries and also high school graduation requirements and AP exam breakdowns

The whole report can be found here:



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