With the focus in American education shifting ever more towards STEM fields, some parents and educators think that language learning isn't as important in today's job market. However, for STEM students, German is a very valuable resource. With countless technical universities and research institutes, Germany is constantly pioneering new scientific and technical achievements. Learning German makes it possible for American students to apply for numerous scholarships, research grants as well as for tuition-free university degree programs in Germany which can all be critical resumé boosters. In addition, approximately 3,600 German companies currently operate in the United States, many of which are actively seeking qualified German-speaking Americans for hire.