Delivering on STEM & Workforce Development for the Future of the Planet

President Biden said in his Inauguration on Wednesday, “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear,” centering the climate crisis as a top priority in this administration.

This work requires innovators who are ready to drive change, implementing the top technologies our country has to offer, and continuing to spur on advanced research and scientific discovery.

The Department of Energy supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach and workforce development. For over 60 years, this agency has run programs coast to coast to reach students from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to inspire and train them to explore a STEM future.

At STEM Rising,, you can find information about all of the agency’s programs, digital resources, events and news regarding building the future STEM workforce through education, outreach and workforce development activities.

President Biden also said we must fight “the battle to save our planet by getting the climate under control." We need equipped, trained personnel to fight this battle. Energy jobs are meaningful careers with high-paying salaries, and there are many jobs to fill.  Last year alone, there were an estimated 17.3 million STEM jobs in the United States. Solar photovoltaic installers and wind turbine technicians are predicted by experts to be the top two fastest-growing occupations through 2028.

All in STEM is a website that showcases the programs geared towards reaching those typically underrepresented in STEM careers.

This job growth must be driven with diversity and inclusion of the STEM workforce at top of mind. The STEM workforce produces at its highest level when Americans from all races, backgrounds and walks of life are working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. At our All in STEM website, you can learn about the ways the  Department of Energy  ensures a diverse and inclusive energy workforce of today and tomorrow. You can sort the chart by audience level and category to find resources especially geared to you. 

As we move forward together as a nation to address the climate crisis, the Department of Energy’s STEM workforce and outreach resources will continue to support innovators, scientists, researchers, engineers and policy experts to help us safeguard our planet for future generations.

AnneMarie Horowitz
AnneMarie Horowitz has been with the Energy Department since 2010 and is the Acting Communications Director for the Arctic Energy Office.
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