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The Future of the Workforce is STEM Jobs

Female engineer works on an industrial machine in a laboratory as part of her STEM job

Key takeaways:

  • STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, is a fast-growing industry with an emphasis on innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

  • There are hundreds of career paths in STEM.

  • Students who enter a STEM profession will have a leg up in the new economy and can use their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to understand how the world works and solve problems.

  • Most STEM jobs use computers and other technologies but there is little doubt that most jobs are going to involve at least a rudimentary knowledge of technology.

  • Students who have experience with a STEM-based curriculum are at an advantage when applying for jobs

Without a doubt, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs lead the list of fastest-growing occupations. A STEM career allows you to conduct research, solve problems, and innovate. Professionals work in a variety of settings, including offices, research facilities, laboratories, industrial facilities, classrooms, or out in the field. The new digital landscape, the acceleration of technological advances, and innovation in research and life sciences have made STEM professionals the most sought after by companies worldwide.

Let’s take a closer look at job prospects in STEM fields and how a STEM education prepares students for these types of jobs. Lamad Academy incorporates math and science into every subject we teach to sharpen students’ minds and prepare them for the careers of tomorrow.

What are STEM fields of work?

Many STEM jobs rely on the scientific method to test innovations and a variety of hypotheses and theories. These jobs are spread across a broad range of career fields.

In addition to specific technical skills, these jobs also require certain soft skills including:

  • Attention to detail

  • Critical thinking

  • Organization

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Creativity

  • Analysis

  • Problem-solving

Here is an overview of the types of jobs in STEM, broken down by science, technology, engineering, and math.

Science jobs

Many branches of science fall under the STEM umbrella. These branches allow workers to use critical thinking, research, and analytical skills to arrive at evidence-based conclusions. Scientists solve real-world problems. Types of scientific jobs include:

  • Hydrologist

  • Biochemist or biophysicist

  • Chemist

  • Conservationist

  • Geoscientist

  • Medical scientist

  • Environmental scientist

Technology jobs

Technology is a job field that seems to grow exponentially. Working in the tech field allows workers to develop new systems and software or to program existing systems. STEM tech workers use scientific reasoning and data to develop solutions and strategies to tackle world and technological issues. Types of technology jobs include:

  • Computer programmer

  • Data scientist

  • Software developer

  • Web developer

  • Information security analyst

  • Computer systems analyst

  • Network and systems administrator

  • Sales engineer

  • Computer support specialist

Engineering jobs

STEM jobs in engineering use creativity and technical skills to find solutions to a wide range of real-world issues. There are many different engineering jobs, such as:

  • Biomedical engineer

  • Chemical engineer

  • Civil engineer

  • Industrial engineer

  • Mechanical engineer

  • Hardware engineer

  • Environmental engineer

  • Electrical engineer

  • Aerospace engineering technician

Math jobs

STEM professionals with a math focus analyze data, create models, explore, identify patterns, and find creative data-based solutions to problems. Reasoning, deduction, and problem-solving are at a premium. Math jobs incorporate a heavy application of mathematical principles and involve several different disciplines. Jobs include:

  • Auditor

  • Data or research analyst

  • Computer programmer

  • Medical scientist

  • Financial analyst

  • Statistician

  • Actuary

Why consider a STEM career?

A STEM career puts your life and work on the cutting edge and brings a strong feeling of being an integral force to our marketplace. These occupations push our understanding of the universe and build the future. People that have worked in this field created the Internet, built the tallest buildings, and pushed for breakthroughs in our understanding of diseases and medical treatments.

Also, while no job is 100% secure, the growing demand for STEM jobs means the professionals that work in them are much less likely to be unemployed than their non-STEM counterparts. In the new economy, students with STEM degrees find themselves immediately employable. This field brings high salaries, too.

STEM education prepares students for success in the new economy

Today’s employers need qualified professionals. The American economy is dependent on the development of a scientifically trained and technically skilled workforce. While STEM jobs are in high demand, STEM workers are in short supply. Institutions of higher education are imploring students to study STEM as the jobs in this field are projected to stay in demand well into the future.

The U.S. Department of Education states: “…to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students’ skills, content knowledge, and fluency in STEM fields is essential.” The Biden Administration aims to boost STEM education via the American Families Plan and expand educational programs in STEM, computer sciences, nursing, and allied health fields. The U.S. government is committed to being a global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment.

Lamad Academy meets the demand for STEM-trained learners

Lamad Academy understands that these skills can lead to a variety of well-paying and high-demand jobs for their students. Lamad integrates math and science into every subject and prepares and inspires its students to successfully pursue advanced mathematics and science careers.

After everything you’ve read about the future of the workforce, if you think a STEM-focused middle school would be a good fit for your child, then consider exploring the Lamad Academy difference. Contact us today.

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