Settlement Guide: 3 benefits of STEM skills in the workforce

In Australia, 15 per cent of the working age population have a STEM qualification. The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) says, technology is going to completely transform our economy, environment and society in the digital age. So, what are the benefits of having STEM skills?

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1 Better skills and knowledge for future industries

PwC’s A Smart Move report forecasts that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations will require skills in the STEM fields.

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2 Better career opportunities

A report commissioned by The Office of the Chief Scientist finds people with STEM qualifications are valuable to the workplace, even when their major field of study is not a prerequisite for their role.

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3 Better earning power

Graduates of STEM subjects can expect higher starting salaries.

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The Australian Information Industry Association in its position statement Step it up: accelerating digitisation of Australia’s economy makes recommendations on how to develop Australia’s digital talent and skills base.

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Published 11 August 2016 at 10:31am
By Ildiko Dauda
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