It is predicted that in coming years approximately 75 per cent of all new jobs will require qualifications and skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Why STEM is important
Employer demand for graduates with these qualifications and skills is on the rise and will continue to increase as job roles diversify.
However, a large proportion of students are not studying STEM subjects or considering STEM related careers.
Even more of a concern is 60 per cent of young people are studying for jobs that will not exist or will be radically affected by automation in the next 10 to 15 years.
Employment opportunities in STEM related industries are increasing each year. Employers are looking for:
- Analytical skills - Analysing and interpreting information and assessing the best course of action.
- Scientific skills - Breaking down complex scientific concepts and systems.
- Mathematical skills - Accurately gathering and analysing data. Applying simple and complex equations to solve problems.
- Technical skills - Troubleshooting and debugging a complex technological system or repairing a machine.
While obtaining STEM related qualifications is extremely important, studying STEM subjects also provides transferable skills that are essential to competing in today’s job market. These transferable skills include:
- problem solving
- critical analysis
- independent thinking
- digital literacy.
The workplace of the future requires strong foundation skills in science and mathematics. To compete, young people are encouraged to study STEM subjects as part of their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), particularly the more challenging levels of science and mathematics. Choosing STEM subjects as part of the WACE opens the door to exciting and emerging careers, where young people can use their STEM skills to solve real world problems and have the ability to adapt to the changing workforce.
LIST OF STEM WACE SUBJECTS
Animal production systems
Earth and environmental science
Marine and maritime studies
Plant production systems
Applied information technology
Automotive engineering and technology
Building and construction
Children, family and the community
Food Science and technology
Materials Design and technology
Information and communication technology
For more information visit School Curriculum and Standards Authority