teen_girl_science_526x395.jpgHigh school students who drop science courses in the higher grades are cutting off access to school programs and jobs in some of the economy’s fastest-growing and well-paid industries.

 

That’s according to Bonnie Schmidt, founder and CEO of Let’s Talk Science, a charity focused on supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning in Canadian kids and youth.

 

Fewer than half of Canadian students complete senior STEM classes, many saying the classes are ‘too boring', ‘too hard’ and not related to what they want to do when they leave high school, according to “Spotlight on Science Learning: The High Cost of Dropping Math or Science.”

 

Today’s high school students really should think twice about dropping their math and science courses,” says Schmidt. “Not only are university, college and skilled trades pathways increasingly STEM-dependent but also these programs build skills such as critical thinking and problem solving that are important for any job. Young people who are comfortable and confident in STEM areas will be well positioned in the 21st century for many diverse employment opportunities.”

 

And for many jobs, the STEM link isn’t obvious to youth, the report points out. Meanwhile, research has shown Canada needs an additional 1 million skilled workers by 2020, with 70 percent of that expected to be in STEM-related fields. Those without Grade 12 science are shut out from 30 to 65 percent of programs, the study found.

 

STEM workers also earn an average of 26 percent more and are less likely to experience job loss than their non-STEM field counterparts, the study showed. Therefore, Schmidt says students should keep their options open.

 

Below are just some of the jobs (including some of Canada's top jobs) that you may be surprised to discover require science knowledge and/or prerequisites for study.

 

Jobs Requiring Science:
  • Massage Therapist
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Farmer
  • MRI Technician
  • Hairdresser
  • Lawyer
  • Chef
  • Pharmacist
  • Engineer
  • Chemical Technician, Electrical / Instrument Technician
  • CAD / CAM Designer
  • Diesel Technician
  • Early Childhood Educator
Canada’s Top Jobs include:
  • Oil and Gas Drilling Supervisor
  • Head Nurse and Health Care Manager
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Electrical and Telecommunications Contractor
  • Chemical Engineer