Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Step Outside the Major, Please

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 28th, 2015



It's easy to make a case for the value of STEM fields in a regional economy. Our region, like most in the state of Massachusetts, has a growing gap between degrees produced in STEM fields and jobs in medical and technical fields. Those jobs are on the increase, and the standard assumption seems to be that a student needs a STEM degree to fill them.
I'm not so sure about that.
During my 20 years as an English professor, I saw plenty of English majors find good jobs in health care, social work, public health, and information technology. Some of those students went to graduate school first, some of them learned on the job, and some went to grad school after some on-the-job training. What they all had in common was that they loved reading and writing (hence the English major) and they did not fear science. 

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