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Careers in Stem
Careers in STEM are careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM careers cover everything from computer programmers to accountants to film animators. Professionals who work in these fields work in a variety of environments such as offices, clinics, labs, classrooms, and even the outside.
In our smart car and social media era, technology has become pervasive- it affects almost every aspect of our daily lives. As our home and work lives become more intertwined with technology, STEM skills, and knowledge become more important for all types of individuals (not just scientists and mathematicians). Skills such as troubleshooting your computer problems or designing a flyer for your school club have become everyday abilities that most people possess.
“In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” (National Science Foundation)
What are Careers in Stem?
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor listed the ten most wanted employees. Eight of those employees were ones with degrees in the STEM fields: accounting, computer science, electrical, mechanical, civil, and computer engineering, information sciences and systems, economics, and finance. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 5% of U.S. workers are employed in fields related to science and engineering, yet they are responsible for more than 50% of our sustained economic expansion.And although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S., they hold less than 25% of STEM-related jobs. At the same time, 43% of school-age children today are of African American, Latino, or Native American descent. Yet of all the engineering bachelor’s degrees in the U.S., less than 15% are awarded to underrepresented minorities.
Sources: Forbes Newsite
Benefits of a Stem Career
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It can be a lot of pressure trying to figure out what you want to do for work after you graduate. Below, you’ll find some links that might help you decide what your future could look like.
American Math Society
How Mathematics Can Help You Build Your Career
Information for anyone wanting to know how studying math can help their STEM career.
Career Basics: Advice and Resources for Scientists
This site contains a booklet that provides advice and helps in preparing CVs and resumes, writing grants and scientific papers, networking, etc, especially for those who want a career as a scientist.
Information about becoming an engineer.
Find Your STEM Passion: STEMStudy
Information about STEM career paths, educational opportunities, and STEM quizzes.
Information about careers in marine science.
Science Career resources from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
Ever wonder what engineers and scientists do when they go to work? Information about scientists and engineers in the workforce.
What can you do with a degree in Engineering?
Find out as we talk to Gabriel Ackall, NCSHP Student Volunteer.