21% of the total Massachusetts' work force is employed by a STEM industry. This is higher than the nation's average which is 14%. Adjusted for population, Massachusetts has more demands for STEM jobs than almost every other state.
Based on projections to 2028, the number of STEM jobs is expected to increase by 7.2%, accounting for 40% of the total expected employment growth in the Commonwealth.
STEM Programs Across the Commonwealth
In addition to the Innovation Pathways and Early College Programs, the Commonwealth has applied learning opportunities with partners such as i2 Learning, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and the Museum of Science.
Innovation Pathways are designed to give high school students coursework and experience in a specific high-demand industry, such as information technology, engineering, healthcare, life sciences and advanced manufacturing.
Innovation Pathways aim to create strong partnerships with employers in order to expose students to career options and help them develop knowledge and skills related to their chosen field of study before they graduate high school.
Early College Programs
The Early College Initiative creates and maintains partnerships connecting our state’s districts and high schools with our state’s colleges in order to give thousands of Massachusetts students, especially first-generation college-goers, access to college completion and career success.
Since it's inception in 2017, the number of High Schools with Designated Early College Programs has grown to almost 40 locations in 2021.
i2 Learning re-imagines K-12 education to better prepare students to thrive in their rapidly changing and interconnected world. i2 provides a complete package of immersive project-based curriculum, teacher professional development, materials and online support with the hope of moving school from siloed teaching in different disciplines towards relevant, interdisciplinary, collaborative learning among teachers and students. i2 works with students and teachers of all backgrounds and abilities.
For more information, visit i2 Learning's website.
Museum of Science
Among the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of science engages nearly five million people a year – at Science Park, in museums around the world, in classrooms, and online.
The Museum’s singular location connecting Boston and Cambridge puts them at the junction of some of the world’s most influential academic institutions and industries, local and state government, schools, and the public. Trusted by each sector, they are ideally positioned to convene, inspire, and create meaningful experiences for all.
For more information, visit the Museum of Science website.
Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit that provides a transformative learning experience for Pre K-12 students and teachers. PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students not only learn technical skills, but also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate. They also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.
For more information, visit PLTW's website.
Massachusetts Teacher Profiles
22% of entry-level STEM jobs don't require more than an associate's degree, or a postsecondary credential, which can be earned in a short-term education or training program.
Massachusetts workers in STEM careers have an average annual wage of over $100,000, and entry-level wages for STEM are also strong - approximately $56,000 on average, which is around twice that of the $28,000 average for all entry-level Massachusetts workers.
STEM jobs are not only health care, science, computers, and engineering: STEM jobs are an important part of almost every industry in Massachusetts and consist of 100 occupations.
Business services, financial activities and the wholesale/retail sectors employ more than 70,000 workers in STEM occupations. More than 20% of manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts have become STEM jobs. One out of every seven postsecondary teaching jobs in Massachusetts is a STEM job.