The Student Research Foundation looked at high school students who aspire to become educators, to see what made a difference for them.  Students’ own interests and teachers made a huge difference in influencing students’ thinking about career paths!  See our infographic and blog for more detail.  The data, drawn across all our research consortia, also show there’s work to be done to encourage underrepresented groups and males to enter education as a profession.
The Student Research Foundation examined what high-school students had to say about becoming the Engineers of tomorrow, summarizing nationwide data across several Research Consortia.  See this infographic for important information about which students were more, or less, likely to choose some form of Engineering as a possible career path.  The data show that interest in engineering declines through the high-school years, and that much work remains to be done to encourage all students to pursue promising careers in engineering.  As is well known, Engineering is an in-demand and growing field, so the prospects will be bright if more students are encouraged, prepared, and included.
The National Cyber Security Alliance, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Girls Collaborative Project, National PTA, and Student Research Foundation formed the Research Consortium on Digital Safety & Cyber Security Careers to explore parents’ awareness of (1) family digital safety practices, and (2) the variety of Cyber Security career opportunities available to students.  Parents of middle- and high-school students were surveyed digitally on these topics.  Check out this infographic on parents’ perceptions of Cyber Security careers, and of the communication that does (or does not) happen with students about the growing opportunities in this field.  For more information on what parents had to say about family digital safety practices, see this infographic.
The National Association of Biology Teachers, SkillsUSA, and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) collaborated to form the Research Consortium on Health/Science Careers. The goal of the consortium was to learn more about high school students’ perspectives on health and science careers. Through a national survey of high school students in health and science classes, the consortium found: the majority of high school students said their science studies would be “extremely or very important” to their future careers, and over half said they have considered pursing a Health Career, a growing field.

For more findings and to download the infographic, click here.

Destination Imagination, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, National Girls Collaborative, and the Educational Research Center of America formed the Research Consortium on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Pathways to help spark a dialogue among students, parents, and educators about students’ career paths. The Consortium identified opportunities, challenges, and promising practices for leveraging equity to meet STEM workforce needs and pave the way for students’ careers.

A national survey of high school students in STEM classes was conducted in Spring 2015. Data from student respondents, and from related research, suggests that equity efforts can strategically increase the STEM workforce and help students realize their full potential.

Download the Infographic and Full Report.

The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with SkillsUSA and the Educational Research Center of America, produced a survey to identify the characteristics of experiences that impact student career choices. The purpose of the survey is to inspire dialogue between parents, educators, counselors and students, with the goal of better aligning programs and services with students’ needs and preparing them for careers ahead.

The study provides insight into students’ perceptions of the value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) preparation and influences on career choices. The findings serve to inform industry-driven strategies to attract the next generation workforce.

Download the report here.

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), America’s Promise Alliance, SkillsUSA, and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) are collaborating on a survey research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of career paths and 21st Century Skills.  All young people need an effective education that prepares them for work and for life. Renewed national attention is focused on preparing students for dynamic, productive roles in the workforce and society as the pace of change accelerates. This includes mastering not only key subjects, like reading, writing, and math, but also 21st Century Skills — creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration– that help them become useful, productive citizens.  Watch for results of this study in 2017.
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