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STEM careers grow exceptionally

There's more evidence that kids should focus on math and science for future jobs.

Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pay an average 26 percent more than other occupations.

Those fields grew three times faster during the past decade, according to a Commerce Department study.

Albany state University is hosting the NASA Summer of Innovation camp next week.

Camp instructors say they will be teaching the importance of science and math and hope the children will have fun along the way.

"The NASA Summer of Innovation will create interest in these programs. Not only does it create interest, It's not just reading text books, It's actually about doing projects. Students can say 'I'm moving forward in technology and I can actually do these things. These are not things I play with every day, I can create these things and improve these things and build upon these things'," said camp instructor Marcus Hines.

From 2000 to 2010 STEM jobs grow 7.9 percent to 7.6 million, that's three times the rate of other fields.

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