High-Demand Fields

46% of UT System Degrees were Awarded in the High-Demand STEM+Health Fields in AY 2016
Percent of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering, math, and health-related fields in AY 2016 compared to state and national averages. See table below.
Table: Number and Percent of Degrees Awarded in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health-Related Fields, AY 201
Institution Number of STEM+Health Degrees Total Degrees Percent of STEM+Health Degrees
UTA 6,109 11,476 53.2%
UT Austin 5,668 14,780 38.3%
UTD 3,648 6,727 54.2%
UTEP 1,603 4,470 35.9%
UTPB 229 949 24.1%
UTRGV 1,965 5,563 35.3%
UTSA 1,797 5,995 30.0%
UTT 829 2,246 36.9%
UT Academic Institutions 21,848 52,206 41.8%
UTMB 1,248 1,258 99.2%
UTMDA 144 144 100.0%
UTHSCH 1,438 1,468 98.0%
UTHSCSA 1,041 1,063 97.9%
UTHSCT 10 10 100.0%
UTSWMC 430 452 95.1%
UT Health Institutions 4,311 4,395 98.1%
UT System 26,159 56,601 46.2%
Texas Public 56,129 151,071 37.2%
National Public 587,518 1,690,208 34.8%

Note: The UT Brownsville and UT Pan American campuses closed at the end of AY 2015. UT Rio Grande Valley began enrolling students in Fall 2015.

UT System is educating the workforce of the future.

The University of Texas System institutions awarded 46% of its degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Health-related fields in academic year 2016, up from 36% in 2011. UT System's percentage of degrees awarded in STEM+Health is more than the average for public universities in Texas (37%) and for national public universities (35%).

All of the UT System Health Institutions and six of the eight Academic Institutions were at or higher than the 2016 national public university average for the percentage of degrees awarded in STEM and Health-related fields. (Note that the University of Texas Brownsville and UT Pan American campuses closed at the end of AY 2015. UT Rio Grande Valley began enrolling students in Fall 2015. Therefore, as of AY 2016, UT System has eight Academic Institutions).

Since 2011, UT System institutions have increased the percentage of degrees awarded in STEM+Health fields by approximately ten points, from 36% to over 46%. The state and national averages have also increased since 2011, though at a slower rate (approximately seven points).

Educating students to enter the workforce in STEM+Health fields will fill a demand for skills in these areas and ensure that UT System is graduating students who are prepared to enter these high growth professions. Whether you are looking in terms of potential income or growth in the job market, STEM+Health fields dominate.(1)

From the National Academies:

The science and technology research community and the industries that rely on that research are critical to the quality of life in the United States. Only by continuing investment in advancing technology—through the education of our children, the development of the science and engineering workforce, and the provision of an environment conducive to the transformation of research results into practical applications—can the full innovative capacity of the United States be harnessed and the full promise of a high quality of life realized.(2)

From the National Science Foundation:

In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.(3)

Notes
(1) Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. December 17, 2015.

(2) "Why Are Science and Technology Critical to America's Prosperity in the 21st Century?" Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2007.

(3) National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System. National Science Foundation, National Science Board. October 30, 2007.

About the Data

This metric uses the National Science Foundation STEM classifications. Health-related fields are defined as all programs with a Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code of 51 (Health Professions and Related Programs).

The UT Brownsville and UT Pan American campuses closed at the end of AY 2015. UT Rio Grande Valley began enrolling students in Fall 2015.

Sources
U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).