Year after year, opportunities in the STEM fields are continuing to capture more college students across the country. Unemployment is low, earnings are high and the demand for graduates is even higher. In fact, between 2017 and 2027, STEM jobs in the United States are projected to grow 13 percent, compared to all other jobs which are projected to grow only 9 percent.
A lot of this is due to the increase in demand for technology. Whether it’s apps that provide ride-hailing or smartphones that can offer medical diagnoses, the tech sector has (and continues) to revolutionize our lives. The advantages of the science and engineering fields are almost unlimited, from developing neural implants and SMART Cars to super-materials like graphene. This field provides students the education to get involved, solve social challenges, and make a solid living.
But what does this mean for humanities and liberal arts studies?
The University of Birmingham is arguing how today’s social and economic challenges call for the elevation of the liberal arts to equal standing with the sciences. It argues that, as technology continues to penetrate our lives and unintended consequences emerge, the skills obtained by the humanities will be crucial for developing a more informed society.
So, what is your opinion on this topic? Read the full article from The Chronicle of Higher Education here and let us know your thoughts.
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Posted By University of Birmingham. The editorial staff of The Chronicle had no role in its preparation.