STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) will help change the world. It focuses on problem solving and critical/creative thinking. STEM is also driving new innovations and ideas throughout the state and national economies.

Here are a few reasons to choose a STEM career:

  • Financial Security
    STEM jobs are in demand and they offer great pay and benefits. The average pay for a STEM job is $77,880 (average for all U.S. jobs: $43,460).
  • Workplace Variety
    From a communications center to a hospital to a water treatment plant to a National Park, STEM jobs are exciting.
  • Spark Creativity
    From designing computer games to amusement park rides, STEM fosters and values "out of the box" thinking.
  • Make a Difference
    You may pursue a new renewable energy source, create a hybrid plant to feed millions, or manufacture life-saving drugs. STEM helps people.
  • Opportunities
    From biology to zoology, there are multiple career opportunities.


Women in STEM

The US Department of Commerce recently reported that women only occupy 24% of the nation's STEM jobs. This a shocking number when you consider that women make up 48% of the country’s workforce.

Job openings in STEM industries are projected to grow by over 19% in the next decade making it more important than ever to support women in their academic and career goals within science, technology, engineering, and math.

The team at is extending support through the publication of two new guides:

Women in STEM: an editorial exploration on the state of women in STEM with several interviews from women in the industry and a collection of scholarships.

Career Guide for STEM: featuring paths of study, specializations, job options, as well as an interview with a woman with 23 years of experience working in STEM.