5 Fantastic Reasons to Consider a STEM Career
Precipart believes in the promise of the disciplines within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEM-related fields. For this reason, we collaborate with the STEM program at Eastern Suffolk BOCES High School in an initiative to inspire and prepare students for STEM careers.
What is “STEM” and why is It Important?
If you follow the news, chances are you’ve heard educators, politicians, parents or business leaders talking about “STEM” and its importance. So what is it and why should you consider a STEM career?
STEM is an acronym referring to the academic studies of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and is usually brought up during discussions about education policy and curriculum. STEM-related fields have gotten more attention in recent years as essential components of today’s competitive global economy. Current students’ future success in STEM fields is necessary to ensure America’s leading role as a global innovator. If you are seeking information about STEM careers for yourself or your child, please take a look at these five reasons to consider a career in STEM.
5 Reasons to Consider a STEM Career
1. You get to live and work on the cutting edge. STEM professionals are aerospace engineers, civil engineers, astronomers, software developers, roboticists, computer scientists, materials scientists, food scientists, physicists and chemists, as well as science and math teachers, among many others. Each of these occupations is pushing our understanding of the universe and literally building the future. STEM professionals designed and built the Hubble telescope to peek into the universe; created the internet; built the tallest buildings in the world, and continually push our understanding of diseases and new medical treatments. Experts predict that even traditional “non-tech” industries will rely more heavily on professionals with STEM skills as technology becomes even more pervasive.
2. You can count on more job security in a STEM career. No job is 100% secure; however, because of growing demand, professionals working in STEM fields are less likely to be unemployed than their non-STEM counterparts. This fact can mitigate hesitation to take out student loans for an undergraduate or master’s degree. Most students graduating with STEM degrees find themselves immediately employed.
3. You learn transferable skills. While it might be difficult to transition from being a geologist to being a software developer, the core focus on both a high level of technical skill and a rigorous approach to problem-solving remains the same in all STEM fields. Additionally, math, science and programming are universal languages that enable teams from around the world to collaborate on difficult problems, allowing individuals to move from project to project. Employer surveys also show that hiring managers are eager for employees who can problem-solve and think analytically — skills at the heart of STEM studies.
4. You will find that there is something for everyone. What ties all STEM fields together is the focus on solving problems and creating new knowledge, and in that, there is something for everyone. Start thinking about how and where you like to spend your time: is a laboratory an exciting environment for you, or would you prefer to be in the field? Do you like to build things or deconstruct them? Are you interested in the human body or in far-away galaxies? Geologists spend a lot of time outdoors, whereas chemists spend more time in the lab. Microbiologists examine tiny organisms while astrophysicists consider the universe and all its contents. Many current STEM professions didn’t even exist 10 years ago (e.g. autonomous car engineer), and ten years from now there will almost certainly be jobs we can’t imagine now.
5. You see the promise in STEM jobs by the numbers:
- Average salary for engineering majors: $73,700
- Average salary for non-STEM majors: $49,500
- Unemployment rate for engineers: 1.3%
- Unemployment rate for all occupations: 5.1%
- Projected percentage increase in Biomedical engineering jobs 2010-2020: 62%
- Projected percentage increase in all occupations 2010-2020: 14%
- There are 26 million STEM jobs in the U.S. – 20% of all U.S. jobs
- ½ of all STEM jobs don’t require a four year degree and pay an average of $53,000, which is 10% higher than non-STEM jobs with similar education requirements
Manufacturing is a lucrative and inspiring career path. Learn more about what we do at Precipart.