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What Are the Most In-Demand STEM Careers?

STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is the educational buzzword you have probably heard recently. STEM coursework is built by combining two or more of the subjects together and talking about the real-world implications of this class. In other words, math class alone isn’t necessarily a STEM class, but when you combine it with engineering coursework, you have a STEM class.

STEM classes generally offer a hands-on learning component where students are able to learn by doing. Instructors will lead conversations about the ways that students may be able to use the coursework in the real world, suggesting different career paths in the process.

STEM in College

By the time students get to college, they no longer think in terms of STEM. Rarely do colleges offer STEM majors; what they do offer are courses of study that combine several elements together in focused career training. (Think: wind turbine technicians are able to combine mathematics, engineering principles, and an understanding of the power grid for career success.) Many of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses prepare you for STEM careers. So, what are the most in-demand careers in STEM?

Jobs in STEM

If you have a knack for problem-solving, live for analyzing technical data, and looking for a job that will evolve over time, a career in a STEM-related field may be for you. Most positions in the STEM sector have a low unemployment rate and increased demand, which tends to equal higher wages. A few of the most in-demand positions to check out include:

Web Developer – From developing websites to special effects graphics, web developers are in high demand. They understand code and are laser-focused on things like user experience, search functionality, and search engine optimization. They often work with marketing teams and IT partners, bridging the creative with the technical. You may be able to begin with a two-year degree, but often people will go on to achieve their bachelor’s degree before joining the field.

Network Engineer – Companies need to enable employees to communicate with newer, faster, and more secure technologies. Network Engineers work on an IT team to ensure technology solutions are fast, efficient, user friendly, and secure. Graduates of a two-year program can dive into positions at most companies.

Mechanical Engineer – Are you always trying to figure out how things work, wondering if you can make it better? Mechanical Engineers are involved in producing mechanical instruments and tools from start to finish – they are involved in all aspects of design, development, and testing. Mechanical Engineers rely heavily on math and physics and will need an advanced degree to land a job, though many begin at a two-year program.

Environmental Engineer – Environmental Engineers combine knowledge of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to solve environmental problems. An Environmental Engineer may work to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, water and air pollution control. Most coursework is tied to conservation technology.

Nursing – Nurses combine science with patient care. They provide the human touch to the medical field, and have a solid understanding of science, pharmacy, nutrition, math, and psychology. Nurses are a vital part of the medical team. If you are interested in nursing, look into the different specialty areas at both Ellsworth and Marshalltown, from Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and more.

STEM careers have a lot of growth potential. This is just a sample list – the field is growing day by day. If you are interested in a technical career and you enjoyed STEM classes, discuss joining a STEM field with your Academic Advisor today!

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