Over the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields, with 1.2 million STEM job openings in the United States alone. Similarly, 80 percent of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills. During this time period, the number of civil engineers will grow by 24 percent and the number of environmental engineers will grow by 31 percent.
Students who pursue STEM careers have strong opportunities across a wide array of industries, earn top paychecks and have fulfilling and stimulating careers. Yet students are not as interested in STEM careers as in other fields because they might not be aware of career opportunities, might have misconceptions about STEM professions and might not be equipped with the necessary skill sets to succeed in STEM careers. The CH2M Foundation is committed to supporting programs that will address these challenges, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities, to help change the equation. Our programs are focused on encouraging middle and high school students to learn more about and persist in STEM careers.
As one of the world’s largest engineering firms, CH2M is committed to developing and fostering a diverse talent pipeline. The CH2M Foundation supports a wide range of STEM programs to encourage middle and high school students to learn more about STEM and engineering careers and to persist in that programs that will enable them to persist in a STEM degree and career. Key partnerships include Let’s Talk Science in Canada, the Social Mobility Foundation’s Engineering Residential Programme in the United Kingdom, and the Emirates Foundation’s Think Science Programe in the United Arab Emirates.
2 National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Board
3 National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education