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Northwest Arkansas School Districts Trying To Get Girls Interested In Science, Technology Jobs

Posted: March 17, 2014 at 6 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO MICHAEL WOODS • @NWAMICHAELW Tanner Davis, from left, Reece Williams and Noah Wehn, all Southwest Junior High School students, work on a pair of robots Thursday in Springdale. Students from the Vex Robotics Club at Southwest will compete in the Vex Robotic World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., in April.

Men hold more than 75 percent of science, technology, engineering and math jobs in the United States, but Kaitlin McKenzie and Keeley Napier aren't letting that stop them from pursuing careers in technology.

By The Numbers

Science, Technology, Engineering And Math Jobs

52 percent — U.S. jobs held by men in 2009.

48 percent — U.S. jobs held by women in 2009.

76 percent — U.S. jobs in science, technology, engineering and math held by men in 2009.

24 percent — U.S. jobs in science, technology, engineering and math held by women in 2009.

33 percent — How much more money women in science, technology, engineering and math jobs earn than women in other industries.

The numbers were published in 2011 and are the most recent available.

Source: commerce.gov

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