What? You mean you still aren’t convinced that STEM is the right fit for you? Well, you’re in luck: there are many reasons why a STEM related career can benefit you in the long run. Working in science, technology, engineering, or math has never been more appealing, and the benefits are only growing.
Mic.com has compiled a list of the main reasons why you should be looking into a STEM career:
- There are plenty of jobs available—and more are on the way: Nebraska is on the fast track for more jobs by 2017 and they couldn’t come at a better time. As of May 2014, there were more than 8.3 million jobs in STEM-related fields in the U.S. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available for computer scientists alone, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That being said, many people aren’t studying these subjects now and only 400,000 people will be able to fill those roles. So get involved now—the opportunities are endless!
- They pay really well: So well, in fact that they made up the highest paying jobs in 2014. There are a number of jobs in STEM-related fields that pay annual salaries in the $100,000 to $250,000 range. Across the board, college graduates who majored in math, chemistry, computer science or engineering are seeing salaries in the $50,000 to $65,000 range in their first job out of school.
- There are a wide variety of jobs in every industry: Mixing chemicals in a lab or writing lines of endless code may appear to be the only options for a future in this job sector. But as our world continues to become more tech-dependent, STEM jobs are moving into every industry. There are a number of alternative career paths to pursue outside of the computer sciences.
For instance, if you love music, there are people analyzing music behaviors and patterns for streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify. If you love fashion, there are graphic designers turning ideas into outfits on the runway. Whatever industry you might be interested in, there is some element of computing woven into it that is opening up new opportunities. And, if you’re interested in some “traditional” science careers, NASA is hiring too.
- These jobs will definitely change the world: Take our word for it—in the coming years, science and technology will be leading the way to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, like climate change or global poverty. Being a part of that is a huge bonus in getting one of these jobs, and it fulfills the desire to feel like you are in fact making a difference.
- Currently, there are more jobs available than applicants: Each year, 3.2 million jobs in STEM aren’t filled simply because there aren’t enough people trained to work in all of these roles. So, if you have the skills and you’re applying for one of these jobs, you have the upper hand to negotiate a higher position in the company—maybe even a higher salary to go with it!
- You’ll learn something new every day: STEM fields are constantly changing. The technology we use today is drastically different from even just one month ago! Working in a science and tech-focused job means learning to adapt to new technologies and developments all the time. It keeps you learning new things throughout your career, despite staying in the same type of job or company.
- Your work will shape the future: Because jobs in these fields will continue to drive major changes in our world, working in them will make you a part of that change. From medical advances to space exploration and developments in computer technology, all of these areas are going to greatly influence what our world looks like in the coming years.
Jobs in STEM are not only some of the most lucrative, they’re in high demand and they’re shaping the future of how we live, work, and interact with one another.Choosing to work in STEM makes you an immediate part of creating the future. Won’t you be a part of it? Join us today and make the future a better place!
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