What did you want to become when you were a child? A doctor? A ballerina? An engineer? An astronaut? As we reach adulthood, few of us land a dream job. But if a recent survey is any indication, the next generation will be filled with scientists and engineers. And we have girls to thank for that.
STEM (previously SMET) is an acronym that refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s a pool of careers where you’re likely to find more men than women, but according to data unearthed by Fatherly, things are about to change really soon.
The poll (focused on 500 children) found that girls dominate boys in the search for a job in STEM, with 41% of them seeking future employment in science, technology, engineering or anything that involves playing around with numbers. By contrast, only 32% of boys seek to be full-time geeks. The top 5 things boys and girls want to be when they’re older, from the study:
It’s important to note that not only do boys overwhelmingly look towards professional sporting careers, but they are also more likely to answer I don’t know than girls are. Furthermore, of the top five jobs they dream of, boys only list two STEM professions (engineer and astronaut), whereas the more conscious female demographic lists three (doctor, scientist, teacher). So, why are girls suddenly so career-focused?
According to those behind the survey, girls are being exposed to numerous practices that infuse the idea of gender equality today more than ever, such as female entrepreneurs. And, according to a Young & Rubicam study, millennial fathers now do 80% of grocery shopping, marking a huge shift in American life.
But this is only half of the story told. Another influencing factor is undoubtedly the incredible technological and scientific uptake in every aspect of our lives, from the smart devices surrounding us to missions to Mars and breaking apart the atom in search for the God particle. Science and technology today are more exciting and more vivid than they’ve ever been, and social media is all over them. So the results are not much of a surprise. What’s important is that girls today aspire to careers in science and technology more than boys do. Knowing how determined girls are to get things their way, I’d say this is promising news 🙂