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The Problem

Facts and Data

The Problem

  • Nearly half of STEM majors have an interest in becoming a teacher.
  • Yet, our nation has a severe shortage of math and science teachers.
  • Research shows that faculty and students have deeply held but often misinformed perceptions about the teaching profession.

Relative demand by field

The 2018 American Association of Employment in Education Educator Supply and Demand in the United States Report provides data showing that physics, chemistry, and math teachers are in the top five highest shortage areas in our nation.

  • Spec. Ed. – Severe/Profound Disability 4.68
  • Spec. Ed. – Visually Impaired 4.64
  • Physics 4.51
  • Mathematics 4.39
  • Chemistry 4.37

Considerable shortage defined as (5.00 – 4.21)

Teacher supply and demand by subject area

Industry shortage chart with math, chemistry and physics highlighted in red

Each dot on this graph represents a teaching profession with (M) Math, (C) Chemistry, and (P) Physics highlighted in red.

How interested are you in being a middle or high school teacher?

A recent report from the American Physical Society contains survey data from over 7000 U.S. STEM majors demonstrating that nearly half of all STEM majors have an interest in teaching.


You may ask, how do we have a shortage of math and science teachers If half of STEM majors are interested in becoming teachers?

Because teaching is the best kept secret!

Teachers rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians; yet, our research shows that faculty and students are not aware of the benefits of the profession, both intellectual and financial.

Check out the Did You Know section to learn more!