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Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls

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Credit: THE Journal

Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior Achievement and EY. Thirty-six percent of teenage male respondents said they would pursue STEM careers in the future, compared to 11 percent of girls. Twenty-six percent of girls and 10 percent of boys said they plan to pursue arts careers. However, 24 percent of girls reported seeking careers in the medical/dental field — which could be construed as a "science" component of STEM — versus 6 percent of boys.

When asked about their dream jobs, boys mainly valued fun, proficiency, and money, while girls listed helping people, proficiency, and fun as their top occupational values.

Meanwhile, 54 percent of boys said they wanted to obtain technology skills compared to 27 percent of girls, while half of girls said they wanted to improve their relationship-building and collaboration skills, versus 31 percent of boys.

From THE Journal 
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