Workforce Spotlight

Light a Spark

February 11, 2020

STEM careers continue to grow with 75% of the fast-growing occupations over the next 10 years requiring significant preparation in math and science.  With women making up less than 25% of the STEM workforce, we must help young girls, especially those possibly suppressing their interest in STEM classes, see themselves in those jobs

Here are some more statistics:

  • Only 25% of computer and math employees are women
  • Only 17% of industrial engineers are women
  • Only 16% of architecture and engineering employees are women
  • Only 11% of physicists are astronomers are women
  • Just over over 10% of electrical and computer hardware engineers are women
  • Fewer than 8% of mechanical engineers are women
  • Women have less than 2/3 of the economic opportunity that men have
  • For every 15 male characters on TV shown in STEM careers, there is one female character portrayed. That’s only 12% of identifiable STEM jobs filled by women on screen.

Here’s how to make a difference

As business leaders, we have a tremendous opportunity to change the dialogue and encourage girls to explore the many opportunities in STEM careers.

We can help more girls:

  • Be driven by curiosity.
  • Celebrate having the courage to try and fail.
  • Solve problems and not accept limitations.
  • Honor role models.
  • Believe that innovation depends on inclusivity.
  • See themselves as thought leaders of tomorrow!

Spark a LightHelp empower young girls to consider a career in STEM by introducing them to abstract STEM careers that aren’t always considered a result of STEM classes in school. Some of our most in-demand occupations in Pennsylvania are STEM field careers!


And encourage your female employees in STEM to share their stories, especially when they are in an unconventional STEM field.

Data sourced from the Smithsonian, UN Women, and EdSource