Science, technology, engineering, and math. The four building blocks of the STEM careers. STEM is everywhere; but, what is it? And why is STEM so important? Oh, and while we’re asking questions, what skilled trade careers would also be considered STEM?
We know that STEM is rampant in primary schools to teach students the deep relationships between all the disciplines. But STEM goes far beyond the massively cerebral. You don’t have to go to college for 182 years to work in the STEM fields. In fact, there are many skilled trades that are considered STEM careers, and you can find yourself trained and employed relatively quickly.
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- The average hourly salary for someone in a STEM career with an associate degree is over $26.
- Mechanical engineering is the No.1 chosen STEM career.
- Most women interested in STEM focus on sciences.
- Of under-represented ethnic groups in the US, American Indians are most interested in STEM.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in the next 20 years, 80 percent of jobs will require a technical skill.
- STEM careers are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM careers.
- You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to have a STEM career.
STEM Trade Career Options
“STEM is the original dirty job, because skill comes out of working with your hands and you can’t stay clean doing that, but we arbitraged it. Again, we took the dirt out of STEM, we took the skill away from it, because what we wanted to do.” – Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs
Below are STEM careers that should only take two years of training or less to get into.
- Graphic Design
- Skincare Specialist-Esthetician
- Home Health Aides
- Web Page – Digital and Multimedia
- Web Developer
- Computer Software and Media Applications
- Architect Technician
- Civil Engineering Technician
- HVAC Technician
- Welding Technician
- Wind Turbine Technician
- Pastry Chef
- CADD/Design Engineering Technician
- Biology Technician
- Pharmacy Technician
- Veterinary Technician
- Computer Support Specialists
- Dental Hygienist
- Registered Nurse
- Nuclear Tech
- X-Ray Technician
- Air Traffic Controller
- Electronic Engineering Technician
While most STEM careers need a bachelor’s degree for entry level positions, there are so many careers available where a diploma or certificate is all that is necessary. Whatever educational path you choose, you’re sure to be able to find a STEM career along the way that is perfectly suited to you!