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Why STEM Careers Are Awesome for Women (Infographic)

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Techschool rounds up statistics on why careers in science, tech, engineering and math are a great choice for women. Now all we need is more girls to pursue them.

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

Everybody knows it’s a rough job market out there, and it’s just as widely understood that tech careers are a bright spot. While most of the labor force is wrestling for the few available openings, employers are pretty much wrestling each other to hire candidates with the right math and engineering skills.

That means these careers are worth a look for just about every smart, ambitious young person, but according to a new infographic from Techschool.com, STEM careers are a particularly awesome choice for women. Why? Check out the infographic below for all the statistics, but the basic gist is women in these fields are not only much less likely to be unemployed, but also face a dramatically smaller wage gap with men compared to the national average.

So how do we get more women to pursue STEM degrees? The infographic also lists several organizations trying to change the numbers.

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This infographic was originally published at Techschool.com. Image courtesy: Argonne National Laboratory (Science Careers in Search of Women 2009)

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Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.