Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers help
drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new
ideas and new companies.1 For example, workers who study or are
employed in these fields are more likely to apply for, receive, and
commercialize patents.2 STEM knowledge also has other benefits; while
often very specialized, it can be transferred to a wide variety of careers,
particularly management occupations, while increased technology in the
workplace means that, to handle non-repetitive tasks, workers need the
critical thinking and technical skills that come with STEM training.