STEM is an acronym referring to degrees in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math. It has been predicted by the U.S. Department of Labor that even though there will be an estimated 1.2 million job openings in STEM-related fields by the year 2018, there may not be enough graduates to fill the roles. STEM education programs and STEM degrees are a high-priority today, and are necessary if the U.S. wishes to keep its position as world leader in innovation and technology. With only 16 percent of all degrees expected to be in STEM-related fields by 2020, the U.S. needs to encourage its best and brightest talent to enter into careers related to math, science, and technology. As the next generation moves into the future, more professionals are needed to occupy these STEM-related positions.U.S. Department of Education