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Many High Schoolers Plan to Pursue STEM-Related Careers

Survey Finds High School Students Plan to Pursue STEM-Related Careers

New research suggests that high school seniors may be more interested in careers in STEM-related fields. 

Results of a Harris Poll survey shows that the majority of high school senior respondents (97 percent) plan to go to college "to obtain a two-year or four-yeardegree or other training that may ultimately help to close the talent gap," said a CareerBuilder press release distributed today. The most popular majors the students plan to sign up for are STEM-related. The top three majors are engineering, business, and psychology. Others range from biological and biomedical sciences, computer sciences and math and statistics, according to the release.

The survey was conducted online on behalf of CareerBuilder, a jobsearch site. The poll was completed by 209 high school students ages 17 and 18.

CareerBuilder shared that 73 percent of high school seniors reported that they knew what career they were choosing, such as teacher,engineer, computer programmer, and more. The reasoning for their career choices, the survey concluded, varies from entertainment to advice from parents and teachers.

"While 21 percent of high school seniors said their career decision was influenced by something they saw on TV or in a movie, 47 percent relied on research they conducted online, 32 percent pointed to advice from parents and/or family members and 25 percent said one of their teachers advised them," according to the release.

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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