Girls in Science & Technology: Jobs of the Future

Future Job Trends

Future job trends
There are three main areas of growth predicted for tomorrow's job market: education, health care and the sciences. Luckily for our daughters, education and health care are already traditional choices for women. The sciences are a different story. According to an article written by IBM executive Janet Perna in the San Jose Mercury News, although women make up 50 percent of the workforce and 30 percent of doctors and lawyers, fewer than 10 percent of engineers are women. Due to sheer numbers alone, we need to find ways to encourage our girls to pursue science and math so they can find viable work that is compelling, challenging and rewarding.

While we don't have a crystal ball to show us the best jobs for our daughters, we do have lots of statistics compiled by the United States Bureau of Labor noting which jobs will be in the highest demand in the future. The number of people needed in each career field is expected to grow by an average of 15 percent. Below is a list of the science-related jobs that are expected to grow at a rate well above the average. Take a look at them carefully -- and then envision your daughter performing these jobs. If you're having trouble picturing it, read 10 Simple Things Parents Can Do to Foster Girls' Interest in Science.

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