With so many new STEM jobs popping up, we wondered how many are available to black and Hispanic students.
But a new report from the National Center for Science Education found that black and Latino students are overrepresented in the field of STEM education.
The report found that in 2016, black and brown students made up 21.5% of the STEM workforce in the United States, compared to 14.1% for white students and 12.3% for Hispanic students, which is roughly double the percentage of black and white students overall.
Black students have also made up nearly a third of those who took advanced engineering and computer science degrees in the last 10 years, which has also led to more opportunities for STEM education, according to the report.
While the report does not include the percentage that were in STEM education in 2016 compared to 2015, a large portion of black students (39.7%) were enrolled in STEM courses in 2015.
In addition, black students made a median of $30,000 in STEM salaries in 2015, compared with $21,000 for white and Hispanic undergraduate students.
But the gap is much larger for white high school graduates.
White students made $60,000 more in STEM salary than black high school students, according a 2017 report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
There are also racial disparities in the number of STEM jobs available.
About 21% of black men were employed in STEM occupations in 2016 (compared to 10.3 percent for white men).
The report found, however, that only 14% of white men and 23% of Hispanic men were in the workforce in 2016.