Thousands of years ago, our ancestors sat under a blanket of stars surviving through the cold night, with caves and leaves serving as their only shelter and clothing. In these chilling nights, they hoped for a source of warmth; a warmth similar to that of the sun on a bright gleaming morning. Somehow, a series of fortunate accidents led them to the phenomenon of “fire”, which amazed and comforted them in their solitary existence. This undeniably was the very beginning of human discoveries, the advent of our inventions and the cornerstone of our immense curiosity. It is from this moment on wards that mankind started looking at nature not just as a bystander, but as an ally, a resource that can help men make their lives better and civilized.

Now a thousand years later, today we are thriving in an age of information. We’ve stood on the shoulder of giants to reach where we are; in our progress and in the quality of life that we’ve acquired. Humans are driven by an instinctive desire to discover and invent. Innovation, as we’ve witnessed, might even be called hereditary for all intents and purposes. And there is no better place to find this heap of innovation but in STEM fields.
Since, ages we’ve tried to imitate nature and create, whether it was a bulb that still lights up the dark or a phone that rang and brought us closer to one another. STEM has touched every part of our lives and brought comfort right down to our doorsteps. In its stream of creations, STEM fields not only made our lives simpler but also had a huge impact on the world economy.

Great new inventions were followed by the rise of industrial processes, generating employment at an exponential rate. During early 19th century towards the end of industrialization in Europe, industries have occupied all the pavements. All these industries were not only running on products of engineering but they were also manufacturing STEM derived goods at a tremendous rate. STEM jobs have doubled as a share of all jobs since the Industrial Revolution, from less than 10 percent in 1850 to 20 percent in 2010. With more inventions coming into the hands of people and becoming easily and cheaply available to them, the demand for new technologies accelerated. In such a landscape of creation and demand, scientists and engineers thrived and employment in these fields saw an up rise.

With developments in medicine, easier and safer methodology of treatments came into the picture. People began to be treated with more care and accuracy. As medical practices improved life expectancy increased which further led more people being employed in these fields.
Throughout time great minds from India have contributed their fair share of great inventions. We’ve have given the world some wonderful minds in STEM, aiding in the progress of these fields, Ramanujan and C.V. Raman to name a few. With much of our country dependent on STEM generated enterprises, the scope of growth and employment in these fields is tremendous. On one hand, are generic STEM jobs such as those of a doctor, an engineer, a scientist or a mathematician, all of which require years of education and hard work to get established in the field.
While on the other hand, many other STEM jobs in manufacturing, health care, or construction industries require a substantially lower amount of education. Moreover, Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations constitute a considerable amount of all STEM jobs. Other blue-collar or technical jobs in fields such as construction and production also frequently demand STEM knowledge. These jobs don’t require a college degree and pay comparatively more for same amount of education than jobs in other field.
STEM jobs that require at least a bachelor’s degree are highly clustered in certain metropolitan areas; while sub- bachelor’s STEM jobs are prevalent in every large metropolitan area. Of large metro areas, Bangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai have the most STEM-based economies, but Jamshedpur, New Delhi, and Hyderabad have among the largest share of STEM jobs in fields that do not require four-year college degrees. These sub- bachelor’s STEM jobs pay relatively high wages in every large metropolitan area.
With such an effectively large impact on our economy, STEM has, and will continue to serve as a reliable source of economic stability. Whatever, shifts economy might incur, in the times to come, technology will only see a rise and fields such as medicine and engineering will continue to innovate and improve; generating more employment in the process. Moreover, a large portion of STEM educated individuals’ works in teaching fields which have always prospered through time. In STEM lies the key to our economic sustenance and its no surprise either. As more than its economic aspects, STEM is a manifestation of our instincts, an embodiment of our desire to create, and through it, mankind has and will continue to prosper.

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(Rowell 2016)