A new survey by the US Department of Education shows that the vast majority of science majors are not planning to start careers in STEM fields.
The survey found that 54% of US undergraduates were planning to continue their studies beyond their senior year, but that the percentage of students who said they were currently working towards their degree in STEM was less than half of the 20% who said this last year.
The survey also found that only 27% of students said they would be actively pursuing careers in science.
It seems that more than half the country’s undergraduates are planning to finish their education in a major that will not be a part of their current majors, like mathematics, engineering and computer science.
While many of the majors were added in recent years, the trend of not finishing any major is not new.
In 2016, the Pew Research Center reported that only 12% of American students planned to finish high school, which was a small percentage compared to the other major options.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) conducted the survey in February, and it has been shared on Twitter by the Associated Press, TechCrunch, and TechCrunch.
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TechCrunch said that “overwhelmingly, STEM majors are still on the fence about what they’re going to do after graduation.”
The AP said that its survey found about 70% of STEM majors surveyed did not plan to go into any further degrees.
The Associated Press said that the survey found a large percentage of respondents did not even know that they planned to go back to school.
“Many of the STEM majors don’t plan on going back to university and doing something more relevant after they graduate, so it’s understandable that they don’t think it’s the right time,” said David Leventhal, a former president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which oversees the admissions and enrollment processes at public and private universities in the US.
The data in the survey is based on interviews with more than 6,000 US undergradents from March through June.
It was conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a non-profit, independent research agency.
The majority of the respondents said that they would work toward a PhD in a specific field before they graduated.
About half of those surveyed said they planned on completing a PhD within the next five years.
About a third of those who said that, and who had already completed a degree, planned to graduate within a year.
A few of the students said that their degree program would be “not at all” important to them in their life after graduation.
The biggest sticking points in the decision-making process for many of those students are:What if I get a job that doesn’t require a PhD?
The survey showed that students were generally concerned about getting hired and retaining a job in their field.
About 50% of respondents said they worried about having to pay more than $70,000 per year in salary, and that they were “very worried” about being able to pay back that amount.
More than half said that having a degree would be a major advantage in their job search.
About 45% of the surveyed said that getting a job as a research scientist or technical advisor would be their top career choice after graduation, and about 34% of those respondents said having a PhD would be the most important job they could get after graduation and in their career.
The study also found more than 60% of surveyed students were planning on continuing their education after graduating.
The data shows that a majority of students plan to continue working towards a degree beyond their junior year, and many of them said they will continue to be doing this.
About one in five students said their primary focus will be getting a PhD.
The number of people who plan to pursue a graduate degree after graduation has remained relatively stable, the study showed.
In the 2016 survey, more than one in three people who were planning a PhD were already planning to work toward their degree within a few years, and fewer than one-third said they had plans to complete a PhD by the end of their senior years.
The results of the survey may have surprised some, since it is a year after the release of the National Survey of Employed Persons, a survey of the workforce.
The National Survey was conducted in August 2016 by the Pew Forum on the States, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the University of Michigan.
The results are based on an oversample of those polled.
The Pew Forum did not disclose the specific questions that were asked in the 2016 Survey.
However, the survey showed a lot of similarities between the survey results and the results of earlier surveys, and its authors said that it should be taken with a grain of salt.
“The survey is the best we have, but we know there are some things that are different that we’re not fully aware of,” said Christopher D. Hoey, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo