STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and impacts our lives every day. These disciplines are at the core of what drives our societal economic progress and empowers us to: build the next generation of cell phones, explore our planet and the far reaches of our solar system, build sky scrapers that can withstand earthquakes, look inside our bodies to identify and cure diseases, to name just a few.
Here are some reasons to choose a STEM career:
With this economy, you might be worried about how you’re going to get a job. Are there really that many jobs available to you? The short answer is yes. The U.S. is facing an aging task force of baby boomers approaching retirement and difficulties of hiring foreign STEM workers due to tough immigration laws. All these reasons add to STEM job opportunity growth for years to come. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast a 34 percent increase in professional, scientific, and technical services employment by 2018.
STEM careers encompass a lot of the fastest growing occupations, along with many of the highest paying occupations. On average, new STEM graduates earn more than graduates from other fields.
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Everyday Critical Thinking
Being a problem solver in the classroom and at work makes you into a problem solver in life as well. If you have a better grasp of computer engineering, maybe you won’t have to take your computer to the IT shop so often. If you’re a math whiz, doing your taxes might not be as big a bother, and comparative shopping would be a breeze.
Impact on Society Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics play a major role in our everyday life. You can make a difference by contributing to the creation or improvement of products, devices, treatments, or applications. You can also have the opportunity to increase the standard of living and contribute to a better future.
The world is constantly changing – breakthroughs are happening right this minute. With so many changes, work will never be dull. STEM offers the opportunity to make a career of something that you will enjoy doing every day of your life.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are often times referred to as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ majors because of all the skills you acquire while studying them. The possibilities are endless when it comes to career paths.
As you work your way through a STEM career you will have the opportunity to “intern” with a company or an organization and work side by side with experts in a chosen field. The involvement will help you figure out if that is the right direction for you while building useful experience so your resume will show more than just academic preparation.
Passion and Career Satisfaction
For some people, science, math and technology are not just jobs: they are a passion. If you enjoy what you do, you’ll be happier and have a more productive life. You’ll be one of the few who doesn’t dread going to work every day and will be able to brag about your job.
If you enjoy figuring out how something works, thinking about improving something, or creating new applications for mass use, then a STEM path may be just the right one for you. You will be encouraged to think “outside the box” and contribute to new solutions.
Written by Sepideh Zakizhani and Anna Rosa Lampis