More Hispanics are graduating college with bachelor’s degrees than ever before – especially in engineering and physical sciences. However, Hispanics are greatly underrepresented in STEM careers.
Though they account for 17 percent of the U.S. population (2012 census), they were just 7 percent of the STEM workforce in 2011. Gender also plays an important role here, as female minority students are much more likely to pursue liberal arts, health, public service or business degrees than STEM degree programs.
While women account for 24 percent of the STEM workforce, Latinas represent only 3 percent. So what can be done to change this? Hispanics have been increasing their representation across STEM degrees, but does it translate to STEM jobs? Things seem to be getting better, but there’s still a long way to go! What will be the tipping point for Latinas in STEM? It seems a lot has to do with family, important role models/supportive mentors. In next week’s #DiversityJC we are going to discuss this article: