STEM careers have traditionally been held by men, but that is beginning to change. STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, were topics that women steered from to venture towards more female-dominated careers. This division of labor and mentality that certain careers are more suited to one gender is no longer the case; and the gender gap in STEM is narrowing.
Thanks to the many programs and scholarships offered to women and minorities, the gender gap is starting to close in STEM careers. More women are taking advantage of the financial and social benefits that accompany STEM careers. Most STEM jobs only require a bachelor’s degree and the average pay for all STEM careers is a whopping $65,000 a year. Along with the financial incentive, more women are seeing the benefits of pursuing a career that solves global issues and helps bring innovative designs and products to the market.
Another benefit many women are taking advantage of is the shorter career option. With the benefit of higher pay, many women are either entering the workplace late after having children or retiring early to have more free time with their family. While this approach may take more planning and deliberate investing, it’s certainly worth the trade off.
Are you already in the field or looking to enter the field? Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this infographic breaks down the ratio of men to women in STEM careers in every state. States like Maryland and Massachusetts have narrowed the gap significantly and are currently employing only 2-2.5 men for every woman in the field.