STEM majors are the most confident about job prospects, survey finds


College students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) are confident about their job prospects. In fact, in a recent survey, they expressed more confidence than their peers who are pursuing degrees in the liberal arts, business or public service.

The survey, conducted by Gallup and nonprofit Strada Education Network, gauged students’ feelings about their preparation for and likely success in the workforce.

The results — considered nationally representative of currently enrolled students — reflect the views of more than 32,000 students from 43 randomly selected four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

Sixty-two percent of students in STEM — which includes those in computer science, information systems and computer programming — responded that they are confident their field of study will lead to a good job, while only 40 percent of students studying the liberal arts, 51 percent of students studying business and 58 percent of students studying public service said the same.

However, when asked whether they were confident they would graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the job market and in the workplace, about one-third of STEM majors answered in the affirmative. Only liberal arts majors reported feeling less confident about workforce preparation than STEM majors.