Career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) are continuing to increase. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts overall employment in the economy to grow by 7.4% between 2016 and 2026, while jobs in STEM fields are expected to grow by 10.8%. Imagine if you add the arts and humanities to these statistics.
The City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County have identified target industries that are believed to be the foundation of our economic growth. Each of these fields have numerous STEAM careers. Target industries include Marine/Life Science, Data Analytics, Creative Art & Design, Specialized Manufacturing, and Financial Services. Diverse representation matters in these fields to increase innovation, team performance, and future growth.
The St. Petersburg Innovation District began its efforts by convening a STEAM Working Group in 2020 to develop a collective, community-based approach that provides support and resources for Black students and others from communities of color to pursue STEAM careers. This working group was comprised of educational institutions, STEAM program providers and employers. Three areas of focus were identified: exposure to the wide range of career options, access to mentors and training opportunities, and resources to pursue these careers.
Today, the Innovation District works with partners to provide programs and experiences that address the gaps identified. These include tours, mentors, speakers, and other hands-on experiences. To learn more please contact Lauren Bell: email@example.com.