BT survey shows majority of secondary students favour STEM careers

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12 August 2014 | 0

A survey from BT has revealed that 86% of secondary school students believe that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects offer the best career opportunity. In addition the survey, which was commissioned by BT as organiser of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, also revealed that over 72% of secondary school students plan to study a STEM subject at third level.

Conducted through Facebook and Twitter, and completed by over one thousand respondents from 26 counties aged from 13 to 18 years, the survey also revealed that while 73% of students say that STEM subjects are promoted in their schools, 36% of respondents believe that boys receive more encouragement than girls to study these subjects.

Entrepreneurship and a career in technology also topped the list for respondents with 59% of students saying they would most prefer Mark Zuckerberg’s job. Some 18% of respondents said they would choose Barack Obama’s job, while the life of a pop star received only 13% of votes.

It seems, however, that budding technology entrepreneurs have mixed views when it comes to their potential earnings. When asked how much money they expect to earn in their first year of full-time employment, the majority of respondents (39%) said they expect to earn from €15,000 to €30,000, 26% said €30,000-€45,000, and an optimistic 13% said €45,000 or more. Conversely, 22% of respondents expect to earn less than €15,000 in their first year of full-time employment and of this 22%, 3% did not expect to be paid at all.

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