The Job Market is Changing — and STEM Training is More Valuable Than Ever

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65 percent of today’s students will one day find themselves in jobs related to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. That’s a reflection of how much our world is changing; how much more our lives are centered on apps, computers, and other electronics. But it also carries some big implications for students — specifically, the implication that the time to master some basic STEM concepts is now.

Sadly, STEM familiarity isn’t always easy to come by. In fact, more than half of today’s adult workers say they were never exposed to STEM concepts while they were kids. The students of today don’t have the luxury of STEM avoidance, however; their career prospects may hinge on the exposure they get to math- and science-based fields.

Guiding Your Child Toward STEM

This is well and good for the kids who naturally gravitate toward math and science; for the parent of kids who are more right brain-oriented, though, it can seem a little dispiriting. What can be done to provide kids with this STEM grounding when they show little interest in it?

One of the most important things parents can do is start early. You don’t have to introduce complex mathematical concepts when your kids are still in elementary school, but you can point out some of the ways in which math and science intersect with our daily lives. Bake cookies with your child, and point out to them that the principles of measurement are scientific in their nature. As your child plays a favorite app or computer game, explain that app design is an exciting field that draws heavily on mathematics.

You may not be able to convert your math-hating child into a wannabe statistician, but you can show how STEM concepts are all around us — and how they can come in handy in a wide range of career fields.

What Role Does Tutoring Play?

One more thing parents can do, as their child gets older, is work with a tutoring service to create a custom learning approach. Your son or daughter may not be getting much STEM immersion in school; or perhaps they get the exposure but struggle to understand it. A skilled tutor can develop a learning plan to accommodate these needs, and to position your child for success in the job market of the future.

We’d love to talk with you more about this. If you’re concerned about the STEM experience your child is getting, we invite you to contact Crafting Scholars today; we’re here to talk with you about our individualized approach to education.