Why Teach STEM

Nearly half of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors have an interest in becoming a teacher, but unfortunately, most never pursue teaching as a career. There is a shortage of math and science teachers.

Research shows that STEM faculty and students have deeply held but often misinformed perceptions about the teaching profession.

Did you know...?

  • Teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians.
  • Behind every advance in medicine or technology is a teacher who left a lasting impression.
  • Mid-career teacher salaries typically range between $60,000 and $100,000.
  • Most teaching jobs have better retirement benefits than other jobs you can get with the same degree.
  • You can get a job almost anywhere in the U.S. or abroad as a science or math teacher.
  • Over 78% of high school science teachers are still in the classroom after 5 years of teaching.
  • Grade 7-12 science and math teachers get paid more than most college teaching faculty.
  •  Research shows that the classroom teacher has a greater impact on student learning than all other aspects of schools (i.e., class size and funding per student).


Teaching is an excellent option for you if you....

  • Love math and/or science
  • Want to share your love of math and/or science with young people
  • Are serious about making a difference in the lives of young people
  • Want job security
  • Want variety in your work day
  • Want a job where fun and creativity are encouraged
  • Value life-long learning
  • Want a job that is more than “just a job”

You should consider applying for the Noyce Scholarship to help you on your path toward becoming a science or math teacher.



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