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Gallup and Walton Family Foundation have partnered to study the experiences of Gen Z youth in America as it relates to their education and personal growth.

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Voices of Gen Z: Perspectives on STEM Education and Careers

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the jobs of the future, and American businesses need employees who are ready, willing and able to pursue them. These future workers are the youth of today — Generation Z, who were born between 1997 and 2011.

Gen Z is making its way into the workforce. And yet, much remains unknown about the degree to which Gen Z members are interested in STEM careers and whether the U.S. education system has done enough to prepare these youth for STEM roles.

This report discovers that a majority of Gen Z express interest in STEM careers, but far fewer say they intend to pursue them. Gen Z members are also learning about STEM careers in school, but not enough about foundational STEM concepts.

Download the report to learn if Gen Z will contribute to — rather than improve — the labor shortages already affecting STEM sectors and to discover the work that remains to be done to prepare the American youth of today for the jobs that America needs tomorrow.

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Results are based on a Gallup Panel™ web survey conducted Sept. 11-19, 2023, with a sample of 2,006 12- to 26-year-olds nationally. The Gallup Panel is a probability-based panel of U.S. adults who are randomly selected using address-based sampling methodology. Gallup also recruits using random-digit-dial phone interviews that cover landline and cellphones.

Overall, 1,228 12- to 18-year-old children nationally were reached through adult members of the Gallup Panel who indicated they had at least one child 18 or younger living in their household; the additional 778 18- to 26-year-old respondents are members of the Gallup Panel.

For the total sample of 2,006 Gen Z respondents nationally, the margin of sampling error is ±3.3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For the sample of 1,228 12- to 18-year-old Gen Z youth recruited through a parent or guardian, the margin of sampling error is ±4.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For the sample of 18-to-26 Gen Z youth nationally who are Gallup Panel members, the margin of sampling error is ±5.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error for subgroups are higher.

All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

75% of Gen Z youth report they are interested in at least one career from life and physical science, technology, engineering, or math.
29% of Gen Z identify a STEM-related occupation as a specific job they most hope to pursue in the future.
5.3x Students exposed to four or five technology-related topics in school are 5.3 times more likely to be employed in a STEM role than their peers exposed to one or none.

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