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Gen Z Perspectives on STEM Education

December 5, 2023

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the jobs of the future. American businesses need employees who are ready, willing and able to pursue them. These future workers are the youth of today — Generation Z, born between 1997 and 2011.

Gen Z is making its way into the workforce. And yet much remains unknown about the degree to which Gen Z members are interested in STEM careers and whether the U.S. education system has prepared them for STEM roles.

New research from Gallup and the Walton Family Foundation finds that a majority of Gen Z express interest in STEM careers. But far fewer say they intend to pursue them. Gen Z members are also learning about STEM careers in school, but not enough about basic STEM concepts.

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