Growing Diversity in STEM Careers

It is no secret that the STEM disciplines have traditionally been the domain of white males. Today, however, many of these individuals are heading toward retirement and creating a huge skills gap in the American workforce.

Research from the National Science Foundation confirms that non-white males and women of all races are underrepresented in the STEM fields, receiving fewer relevant degrees and, subsequently, fewer career opportunities. These demographic groups represent fewer than 30% of the engineering and computer science workforce, with even fewer working in the physical science and mathematical fields.

The Dual Enrollment Program at Embry-Riddle was created to encourage a greater diversity of young people to get involved in Aviation/Aerospace and STEM disciplines that can provide for successful and rewarding futures, while also positioning our nation for prosperity and growth. There are a number of outstanding career opportunities waiting, including:


Chemistry, physics, atmospheric science, and environmental science are important fields of study that can lead to exciting discoveries with the potential to change the world.


The majority of all new STEM jobs are projected to be in computer technology. Students who are interested in these fields can gain the skills to create software and apps that advance business and industry in ways we can’t even imagine today.


The future of engineering belongs to anyone – and everyone – who wants to work with new technologies that can make the world a cleaner, better, and safer place to live, work, and play.


Math careers go beyond finance and economics to include logistics, scheduling, supply chain, and other fields involving complex computations.