A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia found that 51 percent of all high school students are not interested in pursuing a career in heath care or the sciences.
But when the data is broken down by racial and ethnic group, we find a large disparity. Some 61 percent of Black high school students stated that they were “definitely or probably not considering a career in health care or the sciences.” For Hispanic teens, only 42 percent said they would not consider a career in these fields. The major reason why teenagers said they would not consider careers in these fields was because they felt they were not good at school subjects relating to these disciplines.
Peter J. Miller, interim provost at University of the Sciences, stated, “A robust economic future depends upon the building of a strong, diverse workforce in STEM fields. Unfortunately, this survey highlights a lack of engagement from our country’s youth in the career fields that not only are projected to grow substantially over the next decade, but also have high earning potential.”