STEM jobs are projected to grow nationally by 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to a press release. In Utah, the number of STEM jobs could reach 101,000 by 2018.
As a result, a greater emphasis on math and science is suggested for grades K-12, and women are encouraged to enroll in STEM courses for their post-secondary education.
Between 2008 and 2012, women made up less than 12 percent of graduates in computer and engineering fields in Utah, fields with high-paying jobs, according to the release.
The Utah State Legislature approved $10 million for a STEM Action Center that would emphasize education and careers in STEM fields.