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Careers in Healthcare and Science? "Not Interested" Say Half of U.S. Teens
Date:6/15/2011

PHILADELPHIA, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Solid grounding in science is widely considered to be crucial for the next generation of American leaders. From biochemists and pharmacists to physician assistants and physical therapists, the future of the United States job market lies in the fields of healthcare and science. Yet, for the second consecutive year, an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive for University of the Sciences (http://www.usciences.edu) shows that half (49 percent) of all high school-aged students are not interested in pursuing these careers.

The 49 percent of 9th-12th grade students who say they are definitely or probably not considering a career in science or healthcare represents an 8.9 percent increase over last year's survey.  While it's too soon to know if this is a trend or not, it does concern USciences' leadership and faculty, especially since the lack of interest among younger teens (aged 13-15) grew and stands near 60 percent.

"It is essential that the sciences remain top of mind for America's teenagers," said Russell J. DiGate, PhD, provost at University of the Sciences. "As a university dedicated solely to science and healthcare studies, we know the value of pursuing these fields and the imminent need for scientists of all genres. Our graduates leave not only with the skills and experience necessary to excel in today's marketplace, but the dexterity to create and flourish in the careers of tomorrow."

Students not considering a career in healthcare and science cite numerous reasons for their lack of interest in these fields:

  • 24 percent feel they don't know enough about careers in these fields
  • 18 percent feel they're not good enough at science
  • 12 percent are not prepared for a career in healthcare/science

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