It's no surprise that a college student getting a degree in civil engineering has better job prospects than someone majoring in, say, medieval literature. But not every STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduate ends up in the field that they have a degree in. In fact, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly three out of every four people with STEM degrees have jobs in other fields. That does not mean physics majors are all becoming poets. The STEM label can be kind of misleading — doctors are not technically considered STEM professionals, which excludes a lot of science majors who end up in the medical field. But it does point to the desirability of STEM majors to employers of all kinds. The report also found that many STEM fields are not very female-friendly, with men making up 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals.
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