YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
STEM skills play key role in agriculture
By Gary Joiner
National STEM Day is celebrated every year on Nov. 8 to encourage kids to explore their interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In 2019, there were nearly 10.8 million workers in STEM occupations, according to Census Bureau estimates.
And that figure should increase. Over one million new STEM-oriented jobs between now and 2030 are expected to be added, a bump of over 10%.
STEM occupations account for nearly 7% of all U.S. occupations. STEM workers play an important role in America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. They are our engineers, medical scientists, sociologists and informational security analysts.
They are also key cogs in U.S. agriculture. STEM-oriented jobs help put food on America’s tables, clothes on America’s families and fuel in America’s engines.
New horizons and careers await in agriculture for those with a passion of STEM.
The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.
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