(Bloomberg View) -- It doesn't take much to see that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are essential to the U.S. economy. Look at the sky-high salaries paid in Silicon Valley or in quantitative finance, or listen to company after company say it's hard to hire enough qualified talent.

More well-trained STEM professionals from low-income backgrounds would also help address economic inequality, since math skills are so highly correlated with increased incomes. Those who can think quantitatively rise to the top not just in finance and technology, but also advertising and analytics.

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