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Studying STEM makes sense for a long and successful career

''Demand for skilled labor and people with a STEM-background has remained strong throughout the economic crisis and will increase in the future.

When watching the news on TV or reading it in newspapers the last few years, you could get the impression that manufacturing in Europe is going down the drain, that factories are closing and people get laid-off everywhere. You could get the impression that it might not be the time to be studying manufacturing education. The reality however shows a different picture.

Employment of people with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills in the European Union is increasing.  By 2025 7 million new positions will open up for people with STEM-skills. Some of these positions will open up to replace retiring workers, but many manufacturing companies are seeing healthy growth and are looking for additional employees with technical skills.

Unemployment for STEM-skilled labor has remained low since the early 2000s. Even in countries particularly hit by the economic crisis like Greece, Portugal and Spain, unemployment for skilled labor has remained significantly lower than general unemployment.

This high demand for STEM-skilled people shows as well in wages. People with an educational background in STEM on average make more money than people with a similar educational background in any other field.

To conclude, students benefit tremendously from choosing a career in mechanical manufacturing or other STEM-skills.