If high school students are looking for careers in growing fields that pay well, it doesn't look as if they are considering jobs in science, technology, engineering or math.
Junior Achievement's annual Teens & Careers survey reveals a substantial year-over-year decline in teens' interest in what are called STEM and medical-related jobs. Junior Achievements Stephanie Bell says the results are disappointingÂ@
"As we all know, STEM jobs are the fields that project significant job growth over the next few years."
While 46 percent of all teens surveyed showed interest in pursuing either a STEM or medical-related job, there was a 15 percent decrease from last year's data. Despite interest declining, the United States Department of Labor predicts employment opportunities in STEM careers will increase by 17 percent through 2018.
"It could be a result of the recession, it could be a hesitation to invest the time and money into the education that is required for those careers.
Bell says 83 percent of teens are confident they will land their "dream" job at some point in their career but only five percent are pursuing an internship in their area of interest.
38 percent of teens said that the status of the economy has not affected their career plans; they feel comfortable with the economy because they can rely on parents and caregivers in terms of their futures