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Why STEM?

As many aviation employees reach retirement age, tremendous opportunity exists for today's students. However, often these students lack awareness of aviation as a career path. As a result, we're committed to educational outreach to our younger generation through our STEM Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) program.

STEM + Students = Success in Aviation

To maintain our country's global leadership in aviation, as well as in other disciplines, today's students must advance their skills in science, technology, education, and math (STEM). STEM is essential to the employment of future generations, and it's the key to a strong economic future.

Consider the following:

  • The U.S. Department of Education projects a 14% increase in STEM jobs between 2010-2020.
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce states that employees in STEM fields can expect to earn 26% more money on average and will be less likely to experience job loss.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

STEM is not only a critical part of a student's success in aviation, but it's also a driving force behind our country's strategic positioning and economic wellbeing. Read about the educational opportunities that are available through the STEM AVSED program.

Sources:
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration (PDF)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (PDF)

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