The decision you make in college in choosing your major could end up costing you millions of dollars over your lifetime. CNN has new stats on the degrees that earn the most and the least. Want to make $3.5 million? Major in engineering. That’s how much those who graduate with an engineering degree can expect to earn over a 40-year career, according to new Census Bureau data.

Do I wish I could interest my 15-year-old son in technology data analytics? Or in the architecture of cloud-based information technology systems? Apparently if he were to delve into either of those fields, the world would be his oyster, career-wise. At least that is what Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of Learning@Cisco, would have me believe. Learning@Cisco is a division at the giant San Jose-based technology company that coordinates skills training and recruitment at Cisco and at learning institutions that feed it and its partners. Dunn’s office got in touch with me and encouraged me to write a piece about the surfeit of technology jobs available to young people.

Here is a great interview with Karen Purcell, author of her new book, Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This Q & A with Purcell highlights an insightful perspective on how women can successfully navigate the male dominated world of STEM.

Retired NBA legend Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, author of What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors, tells stories about unrecognized minority leaders of the past. [More…] Abdul-Jabbar’s goal in writing this book is to encourage youth into STEM fields and to offer them a realistic blueprint for success. Article >

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has been active for six decades promoting the involvement of women in STEM related careers. Their website offers a myriad of resources for women including educational resources, scholarship information, and membership benefits, among others. SWE seeks to change the professional climate to enable women in engineering and technology to excel.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics indicates that jobs in STEM fields will grow by 17% by 2020 compared to non-STEM jobs at 14%. Despite an increase in the amount of college degrees, particularly in women, this research shows a decline in STEM degrees from 1985-2009 from 24% to 18%.

This article highlights a recent study showing STEM job postings outnumber unemployed people by 2-to-1. The data yields the same results in every U.S. state and is just another reason to encourage STEM education in this economy.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, a coalition of corporate, educational and nonprofit organizations are helping to promote STEM careers in girls. Currently, women are only receiving 20% of bachelor degrees in STEM majors compared to men. With a growing demand for workers with security clearances, defense contracting companies believe women can help fill that void.