Sunday, November 13, 2011

Why we have fewer science and engineering majors

Easy answer, sez WSJ and NYT in articles that ran last week: science and engineering courses are very hard and grades have not been inflated as they have in other disciplines.  An additional turnoff: salaries for STEM graduates are out of line with the workload.
Science, technology, engineering and math majors who stay in a related profession had average annual earnings of $78,550 in 2009, but those who decided to go into managerial and professional positions made more than $102,000.   
The downside -- many employers say the combination of a technical undergraduate degree and an MBA (especially a tech-focused one like we offer at NC State) -- is the ideal combination for leadership in business.
Business, finance and consulting firms, as well as most health-care professions, are keen to hire those who bring quantitative skills and can help them stay competitive.

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