SALT LAKE CITY – More women are needed in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math, according to a study conducted by the Utah Women and Education Initiative.
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 postsecondary 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.