Everyone all of the place is rambling on about STEM this and STEM that. There’s this belief that there are tons of jobs out there for STEM majors– something that any physics or math BA, MA or PhD knows is a bunch of hogwash. There aren’t very many jobs in those fields except for a few teaching high school courses.
Michael Totty at the WSJ puts it all in context. Many of the folks in the computer industry don’t have degrees and those that have them often don’t have STEM degrees. He writes:
More than 40% of computer support specialists and a third of computer systems administrators don’t have a college degree at all.
Those are the guys like Ed Snowden, the ones without degrees who somehow manage to read the files that the folks with PhDs in Washington say can’t be read.
And what about the STEM degrees:
About a third come to IT with degrees in business, social sciences or other nontechnical fields
In other words, the highest paying, fastest-growing industry is filled with people who don’t have degrees in computer science or anything at all. Whoo hoo! Go college.