By Guest Contributor Nancy Parker
Today, there is increasing encouragement and support for women to enter careers in science and math. These are often called STEM fields, with STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math. Still, despite this support, women remain underrepresented in STEM careers. There are a number of reasons why female students should consider careers in science and math.
1. Global leadership – Dominance in fields like technology and engineering will help determine what countries are most competitive in the years ahead. A country drawing on only half its talent base, men, will inevitably be weaker. Nations need innovative thinkers in the fields of math and science to stay prominent in this changing world.
2. Pay and outlook – These jobs are sometimes well-paid, particularly compared to some jobs traditionally dominated by women such as receptionists and nurses. Furthermore, as the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, these fields will continue to grow as well. Female students pursuing jobs in these areas may be more likely to have secure jobs for which they are well-compensated.
3. Changing the culture – A lack of women in these fields creates a vicious cycle in which too few women leads to too few role models which leads to fewer women pursuing careers in science and math. As women enter these fields in increasing numbers, they can act as role models and mentors to those coming up behind them. Furthermore, as more women pursue science and math careers, considerations for employers like granting maternity leave will become more commonplace, smoothing the path for even more women.
4. Interesting work – STEM fields offer a lot of opportunity for stimulation and/or experimentation. Women might find themselves designing equipment that will be used in space exploration or involved in developing cures for age-old diseases. Science and math careers offer an enormous variety of environments and duties, many of them fascinating.
5. Product design – Because of the dominance of men in these fields, products are often designed with only one sex in mind. Whether it is issues of size and proportion, responding to voice demands or simply the different ways in which products are used, the fields of product design and development badly need more input from women. More women in these fields will lead to products being developed equally for men and women as a matter of course.
Science and math offer many exciting possibilities and almost endless career opportunities to the dedicated female student. Women undecided as to their job path should definitely explore these areas for challenging, secure and profitable careers.
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her at nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com.