Economist Insight: Getting Future Workforce Interested in STEM

Throwing a bunch of robots and high school students into a stadium together to compete isn’t just a fun evening, it’s also part of a concerted effort to get our future workforce interested in science, technology, engineering, and math—otherwise known as STEM.

This #WorkforceWednesday, we’re highlighting Economist Matt Schroeder’s look at the sixth annual FIRST Robotics competition, which brings together dozens of teams from 11 states to compete.

Generating a pipeline of future STEM workers is not just about building capacity in training facilities, deepening teachers’ skills, or funding technical education programs.” Matt writes in his latest post on our Labor Market and Economy blog. “Before training can even happen, there has to be student interest.”

Click here to read his full piece. Every so often we’ll highlight a piece from one of our economists, who regularly post in-depth economic analysis to our research division’s blog.

We offer a number of resources to connect current or future job seekers with STEM information. Dedicated twitter accounts that post industry-specific job openings, in-depth info of growth and wages in various STEM sectors, and more. Visit for more.

*Every Wednesday, Workforce Services takes a special look at issues or initiatives that affect Utah's workforce. Hop on Twitter to follow the latest innovations that help Utahns take their careers to the next level: #WorkforceWednesday