Professional opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are increasing exponentially as our technological innovations develop at breakneck speed. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that STEM-related jobs grew at three times the rate of non-STEM positions between 2000 and 2010 and have an average earning potential of 12% to 30% more than non-STEM professions. Despite the incentive to pursue STEM careers, millions of jobs in these fields remain vacant, with women, minorities, and those in underserved communities largely underrepresented.
New technologies that enable the provision of greener energy to combat climate change are in high demand. Incorporating the best ideas to advance this goal requires inclusion of all voices, especially the voices of people from underrepresented groups. Equipping all people with education ensures that there are STEM professionals who can design and plan the grid of the future.
It is vitally important for STEM companies like energy providers to constantly pursue innovation and the talented people needed to drive it. That’s why Dr. Shay Bahramirad, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid at ComEd, is spearheading initiatives to support early STEM education, especially in the underserved communities. As part of a broader STEM strategy, more and more utility companies are investing in STEM education