There is currently a growing need for more professionals in these fields. For instance, a career as a data scientist is currently one of the fastest growing career fields in the country, with nearly 80% of data scientists reporting a shortage in their field. Current estimates show between 11,400 and 19,400 data scientists worldwide. There is also a projected increase in need of cyber security experts due to the rise in cyber threats and cyber terrorism. With 783 data breaches in the United States alone in 2014 – up 27.5% from 2013 -, there has never been a better time to inspire the younger generation to pursue a career in a related field.
Please join us in promoting Computer Science Education Week by sharing this article with your peers and network. So whether you’re a student, parent or teacher but you may not think the STEM field may be interesting to your child, don’t worry. There are programs out there that introduce concepts found in STEM in the guise of an activity, such as building a guitar in a STEM workshop. So don’t fret (pun intended), just show them how fun the sciences can be through the myriad of programs out there. You may find more information by following the link here.