The Field of STEM to Students: Future jobs

By Lisa Banti

Future jobs

In this section of questions, all answers are given between the range of 1 to 5.

Scale: 1 : no, 2 : probably no, 3 : I’m not sure, 4 : probably yes, 5 : yes

These questions were asked to better understand what STEM academic sectors students tend to be more attracted to pursue a career in.

When asked if they wanted to become a physicist, only 5%, out of the total average, answered ‘yes’. Of all gender sections, male students have the highest number of respondents choosing ‘yes’, 7%. Of the total average of non-binary students, 0% chose ‘yes’.  Of all female students only 3% responded ‘yes’. The most chosen option in all gender sections is ‘no’; with 57% of female students, 36% of male students and 42% of non-binary students. The total average of students who chose ‘no’ is 48%. Within the female students, the school who answered ‘yes’ most is: Agrupamento de Escolas de Póvoa de Lanhoso. For male students, the European School, and for Non-binary students, the Istituto Di Istruzione Lorenzo Guetti.

Of the total average 13% answered ‘yes’ to wanting to become a biologist. The highest-ranking answer chosen by all gender sections was ‘maybe yes’. 31% of all female students, 26% of all male students, and 47% of all non-binary students answered ‘maybe yes’. The total average for this option resulted in 23%. There were fewer, but many also students also chose option ‘no’: 23% of female students, 25% of male students, and 16% of non-binary students. The total average of students that chose answer ‘no’ is 23%.

For this question the answers are very varied. 15% of all students have answered that they want to become an engineer. The highest percentage though, indicates that 28% of all students do not want to become engineers. The second highest total average percentage indicates that 21% of students are not sure if it is the career they want to pursue. Within the female students, 8% said they do, while 37% said they do not; 20% are not sure. In the whole of all male students, 24% (the highest percentage of ‘yes’ in all gender sections) said they do. 18% chose option ‘no’, while 22% said they were not sure. Since there are less non-binary student respondents, the results are less varied. There are two options, which are tied with the highest percentage of answers: 26% of ‘maybe yes’ and 26% of ‘no’.

In this question, the highest percentage answer from all gender sections is ‘no’. 47% of all students do not want to become a teacher, therefore almost half. 49% of female students, 43% of male students and 58% of non-binary students responded ‘no’. Only 3% of all students in the total average chose option ‘yes’.

When asked if they wanted to become a journalist specialized in scientific subjects, the total average of 40% answered ’no’, while only 4% answered ‘yes’. In this case, the majority of answers for all gender sections is option ‘no’. 40% of all female and male students answered ‘no’, while 47% of non-binary students responded ‘no’. The second highest answer differs from one gender section to the other. 23% of female students responded ‘maybe no’, 24% of male respondents answered ‘I’m not sure” and 37% of non-binary respondents also answered ‘I’m not sure’.