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Science, Math Education Gap Fueled by Lack of Knowledge on Career Opportunities, Survey Shows

ST. LOUIS, Apr 27, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Demand for scientists and engineers has never been stronger, but many young people in the U.S. are avoiding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) because they don’t understand the opportunities, according to a new survey released today by Emerson EMR, -0.71%

The survey* revealed that 42 percent of respondents would have considered a career in STEM fields had they better understood a potential career path, and one-third of respondents didn’t pursue a STEM career because it seemed too hard. Additionally, women were significantly more likely than men to avoid a career in STEM because they were afraid they wouldn’t succeed.

These findings demonstrate an ongoing need to educate young people on the vast opportunities that can await STEM-educated college graduates as they enter the workforce. To help address this need, Emerson today announced an extension of its groundbreaking “I Love STEM” campaign, a multimedia initiative focused on showing the connections between today’s...