High-Demand Fields

43% of UT System Degrees were Awarded in the High-Demand STEM+Health Fields in AY 2015
Percent of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering, math, and health-related fields in AY 2015 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 2015
Institution Number of STEM+Health Degrees Total Degrees Percent of STEM+Health Degrees
UTA 4,965 10,211 48.6%
UT Austin 5,301 14,070 37.7%
UTB 302 1,395 21.7%
UTD 3,096 6,476 47.8%
UTEP 1,545 4,430 34.9%
UTPA 1,336 3,897 34.3%
UTPB 164 934 17.6%
UTSA 1,550 5,965 26.0%
UTT 611 1,838 33.2%
UT Academic Institutions 18,870 49,216 38.3%
UTMB 1,136 1,142 99.5%
UTMDA 158 158 100.0%
UTHSCH 1,354 1,379 98.2%
UTHSCSA 990 1,011 97.9%
UTHSCT 9 9 100.0%
UTSWMC 445 469 94.9%
UT Health Institutions 4,092 4,168 98.2%
UT System 22,962 53,384 43.0%
Texas Public 50,559 144,021 35.1%
National Public 550,433 1,646,941 33.4%

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 43% of its degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Health-related fields in academic year 2015, up from 35% in 2010. UT System's percentage of degrees awarded in STEM+Health is more than the average for public universities in Texas (35%) and for national public universities (33%).

All of the UT System Health Institutions and six of the nine Academic Institutions were at or higher than the 2015 national public university average for the percentage of degrees awarded in STEM and Health-related fields. All UT System health institutions and four of the nine academic institutions are at or above the average for Texas public universities. (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 2010, UT System institutions have increased the percentage of degrees awarded in STEM+Health fields by approximately eight points, from 35% to over 43%. The state and national averages have also increased since 2010, though at a slower rate (approximately six 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).