As technology continues to evolve, so does the demand for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workers. Currently, there is a shortage of qualified and educated people with these skills, leading to a higher demand in job markets, not just here in the United States, but globally throughout the world. Part of the job shortage is largely due to the amount of commitment and time needed to pursue a degree in a STEM field. Students studying STEM subjects have to spend between one-third and one-half more time to review materials, and to complete projects and other course work, compared to those studying non-STEM subjects. In addition, students are expected to learn how to properly utilize cleanroom notebooks, scientific notebooks, laboratory research notebooks, and engineering notebooks. Over the next several years, STEM jobs are expected to be one of the fastest growing job segments, following just behind the number one expanding job segment: healthcare. Previously, STEM workers only accounted for about five percent of jobs, with careers in computer programming, engineering, and research and development. However, technology has expanded far beyond these types of career fields and into sales, marketing, manufacturing, transportation, management, and so on. Demand is starting to grow, and is expected to continue to expand into the foreseeable future, for well-educated people with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. Companies are now starting to realize the challenges of doing business in a global economy. Many foreign firms have already started to adapt by hiring STEM workers to fill positions in non-traditional areas within their organizations. For instance, one company recruits engineers to work in their sales department to sell their products to engineering and manufacturing firms. The reason they want engineers in sales positions is because it is easier for one engineer to sell products to another engineer. What Educational Courses Should Someone Concentrate On at a University? In the past, university students could find many opportunities by taking liberal arts courses. Today, that is no longer the case. Students who want the most job opportunities after graduation need to take science, technology, engineering, and math courses, and related degree programs. However, employers also desire students with interpersonal and literary skills. Minors or general educational coursework should focus on literature, communication, grammar, and interpersonal relationships. One of the biggest complaints by companies about STEM workers, in the past, is their not being able to effectively communicate with others, their poor interpersonal relationship skills, and their not being able to properly write corporate communications, emails, or memos, or to effective convey their message with those outside of STEM fields. How Well Do STEM Careers Pay Compared to Other Jobs? STEM careers pay higher starting salaries compared to other jobs. In many cases, those holding a degree in a related science, technology, engineering, or math field are paid much higher than another person with a higher degree. For instance, a person who has an associate of science degree for a STEM field typically earns around sixty percent more than a person who has a bachelor degree in a non-STEM subject. A student pursuing a bachelor degree of science in a STEM career will earn around sixty-five percent more than someone with a master’s degree in a non-STEM subject. Whether you are a university student or instructor, or starting your career in a STEM-related job, you can obtain all of the scientific, engineering, and lab notebooks you require by contacting Scientific Notebook Company at 800-537-3028 today.