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Learn About STEM Careers

What are STEM Careers?

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are commonly grouped and known as STEM for short. This acronym is meant to symbolize the relationship that each of these disciplines has with the other, is a grouping for initiatives in K-12 education, and serves as a designation for a group of careers that are in demand and a national focus in the United States. On this page, LEARN how STEM Careers are in demand, why these careers are super important, and how a career in STEM can be a great choice for you and EXPLORE STEM Career opportunities.

Why are STEM Careers important?

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Is a STEM Career right for me?

If so, then a STEM Career would be a great choice for you!

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Why are STEM careers in demand?

The science and engineering (S&E) workforce has shown sustained grown for more than half a century. The number of workers in S&E occupations grew from about 182,000 in 1950 to 5.4 million in 2009. This represents an average annual growth rate of 5.9%, almost five times the 1.2% growth rate for the total workforce older than age 18 during this period. Workforce growth in S&E occupations from 2000 to 2009 was slower than in the preceding two decades. Nonetheless, at 1.4% growth annually, it exceeded the 0.2% growth rate for the general workforce. In addition, many workers outside S&E occupations have STEM training or use related knowledge and skills in their jobs.  In fact, seven out of ten of the fastest growing occupations (requiring at least an associate degree) are in STEM fields.

STEM Future Demands Infographic
STEM Innovators Are in Demand Infographic
STEM for the Ages Infographic

What is driving STEM Career growth?

Every day that you wake up and get out of bed, you should be reminded why STEM matters. I challenge you to name one thing you have used in the past week (or ever) that hasn’t been touched by an engineer (who uses science, math, and technology to create the new technologies you love – or hate). Spoiler alert: you won’t come up with anything… and if you do, email me, because I bet I can help you figure out how an engineer was involved somewhere along the way. The demand for technology continues to grow: if it is not the next best iPhone, it is the medical equipment and devices that are helping doctors save lives. The National Academy of Engineering has outlined 14 grand challenges for the 21st century that will require all levels of STEM professionals: from assembly line workers trained to use highly technical machines, to PhD astrophysicists.

Explore STEM Careers

Science Buddies

Want to know more about careers in STEM? Browse through detailed information on over 100 careers to discover what STEM professionals really do and what it takes to prepare for these careers. Each career profile provides basic career information such as salary, job outlook, degree requirements, etc. Also included are videos featuring interviews with real scientists or on the job profiles. Explore now!

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook

(includes median pay data, entry level education requirement, and job descriptions for occupations in each of fields)

Engineering & Architecture
Computer and Information Technology
Life, Physical, and Social Science

Job Salary Calculator

The Salary Calculator will ask you for information relating to education, employment history, and other factors, to create the most accurate compensation and employment guidance available. Excellent tool for comparing various levels of education, jobs, and locations.

General Resources on STEM

*Special thanks to Meagan Pollock and High Tech High Heels™ for their identification, selection, consolidation, and contributions of this content.