Big events can have an impact on what students choose to do with their lives. After September 11, universities saw increased interest in the study of the Middle East, Arabic and Homeland Security.
The Covid-19 crisis had put medicine in the spotlight. Today, 56% of students are re-examining their career paths in the wake of the pandemic, and 45% are considering careers in healthcare or science, according to a new global report. investigation from Pearson, a UK-based education publishing house.
The survey, conducted between April 28 and May 12, 2021, covered 4,000 parents with children aged 11 to 17 and 2,000 students in Brazil, China, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Meanwhile, applications for medical schools are at an all-time high. Over the past two decades, the average annual increase in the total number of medical school applications was 2.5%, but in 2021, applications grew by 18%, according to at the Association of American Faculties of Medicine.
Last October, in another survey, Pearson found that 24% of teens say they are “now considering a career in healthcare” as a result of Covid-19, while 32% are reconsidering their careers in healthcare. together.
The financial attractiveness of the health professions
Students who pursue health care jobs can not only be inspired by how science plays out in the world today, but also by economic reasons. The pandemic may have accelerated the trend.
Research shows that during times of high unemployment, people turn to majors that lead to better job prospects and higher wages. Among U.S. college-level workers, students who majored in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) earn about $ 43,000 per year while health majors earn $ 41,000, according to Numbers from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce. Meanwhile, those who major in the arts, humanities, and liberal arts earn about $ 29,000 per year. The study of these latter areas is paying off in the long term, but many students, especially low-income students, are reluctant to embark on something with more uncertainty, while still going into debt to do so.
Since 2008, the fastest growing majors in the United States have been Health Sciences and related programs, dropping from 7% of all US majors in 2008 to 12% in 2018. Meanwhile, Computer Science increased from 8% to 11%.