Summary of The Hidden STEM Economy

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The highest paying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs often require an undergraduate degree. But another segment of STEM jobs, such as those for computer technicians and skilled construction personnel, don’t require four years of university, and they pay much more than jobs with comparable education requirements. This Brookings Institution paper zeroes in on the importance of the often-overlooked nondegree STEM careers that contribute significantly to economic growth and innovation. getAbstract recommends this incisive report to executives, educators and policy makers charged with promoting educational and training opportunities in these areas.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) grow the economy;
  • Why nondegree STEM jobs often remain unfilled due to a lack of qualified workers; and
  • How government and the private sector can help promote STEM education at every level.

About the Author

Jonathan Rothwell is an associate fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings.



Many people believe the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hire only university-educated individuals. Yet a variety of hidden STEM occupations that don’t require an undergraduate degree offer relatively higher wages but often remain unfilled due to a lack of trained candidates...

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