Gen Z students target STEM careers
According to a National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) survey of 11,495 Gen Z students, a majority of high school and college students chose STEM as their preferred career path.
The The 2022 Career Interests Survey provides insight into what drives an adventurous, civic, concerned, vocal, tech-savvy emerging workforce.
NSHSS is an academic honor society that recognizes and serves top-performing students at more than 26,000 high schools in 170 countries.
Born after 1997, Generation Z significantly outnumbers the generations before it, with more than 90 million members, according to Pew Research. With its oldest members only 25 years old, many members of this generation are making life-changing transitions: graduating from high school, going to college, and starting their careers.
Survey highlights five themes that characterize Gen Z students: equity for all, STEM and healthcare, love of learning, the world after COVID and the setbacks of college debt .
Key findings include:
- Gen Zs are adventurous, but not crazy about the world we live in. Fifty-five percent are interested in living and working on Mars or the Moon
- 70% want to travel abroad despite tensions (87% of responses came after the Russian invasion of Ukraine)
- Gen Zers want to work at Spotify (drops from #42 on Wanted Employers list to #3)
- Fair treatment of everything employees rank highest in all workplace preferences
- Forty-four percent of university graduates expect to employers to help pay their college loans
- Sixty-three percent say they expect employers to provide in person coaching