Research and development provide solutions for many societal issues. Unemployment, global warming, and poverty will soon become things of the past due to the growth of STEM. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that 6.2 percent of US jobs in 2015 were STEM related. Computer Science topped the list, followed closely by engineering. Each year more emphasis is placed on STEM education resulting in a society of critical and innovative thinkers; qualities that are crucial for tackling these issues. As STEM professionals, we can find solutions. This article focuses on how our work seeks to tackle unemployment, global warming, and poverty.
We as STEM professionals are in demand. The job market though constantly changing will begin to see a significant shift towards STEM related fields. If we can train people now they will be ready to fill those much-needed positions. Adecco states that “there could be 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs by 2018.” People tend to shy away from STEM because they believe they don’t have the aptitude to excel. However, we know an inquisitive nature, determination, and logical mindset are all you need to embark on a successful STEM career.
STEM training also provides an outlet for creativity that many Humanities and Social Sciences related professions may lack. STEM professionals invent products and programs that solve problems. With a skill like that, it’s hard to be without opportunity.
Solving problems is a core function of many STEM professionals. Global warming is a crisis that could potentially eliminate the entire human race. Billions of dollars have been spent on climate change research and global warming solutions. One of the most recent breakthroughs in climate change research came through the work of a group of researchers in Iceland. They found a way to pump carbon dioxide underground and transform it into limestone. While carbon dioxide is a vital component of the atmosphere, rising carbon emissions threaten the fate of our planet. This, along with other solutions, are poised to help us conquer the threat of global warming.
The Borgen Project cites research that states that “3.5 percent of a country’s GDP should be invested in science, technology and innovation.” Poverty alleviation cannot be found entirely in the millions of dollars spent annually to provide food, water and healthcare. Nelson Mandela once said, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.” All countries should have equitable access to education with emphasis placed on quality STEM education. This paradigm shift will help the world truly begin to make steps towards poverty alleviation.
STEM educated individuals are able to create their own jobs and do the research necessary to propel their countries towards success. Countries with more educated populations achieve remarkable growth. Many countries in Africa are experiencing a burst of tech start-ups which are not only providing ways to uplift their communities but also more jobs and financial growth. We are a part of the solution for better societies.
STEM careers provide viable solutions for unemployment, reducing global warming, and poverty alleviation. The ingenuity STEM professionals possess and the influence we can pass on will change the world. Let’s get started!
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