Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Careers
STEM skills are key to more careers than you might think.
Did you know that science, technology, engineering, or math graduates can find work as health care practitioners, teachers, farmers, top-level managers in the private or government sector, and even writers or artists?
STEM careers are concentrated in the following fields:
- Agriculture, Agricultural Operations, and Related Sciences
- Computer and Informational Sciences and Support Services
- Engineering and Engineering Technologies
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Physical Sciences and Technologies
Most STEM careers require years of education. You can get ahead of the game by taking high school or vocational courses in science and math. This will improve your chances of finding work in a wide variety of industries, such as professional services, health care, precision manufacturing, and finance and insurance.
High-Demand STEM Careers
Job Title Hourly Wage Typical Education Required Accountants and Auditors $29.01 Bachelor's degree Actuaries $44.83 Bachelor's degree Aerospace Engineers $46.18 Bachelor's degree Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $18.55 Associate's degree Applications Software Developers $43.91 Bachelor's degree Architectural and Engineering Managers $57.23 Bachelor's degree Biochemists and Biophysicists $31.32 Doctoral or professional degree Biomedical Engineers $50.46 Bachelor's degree Chemical Engineers $40.92 Bachelor's degree Chemical Technicians $22.64 Associate's degree Chemists $45.19 Bachelor's degree Civil Engineering Technicians $26.78 Associate's degree Civil Engineers $36.79 Bachelor's degree Computer and Information Systems Managers $55.48 Bachelor's degree Computer Hardware Engineers $47.73 Bachelor's degree Computer Programmers $35.18 Bachelor's degree Computer Systems Analysts $37.42 Bachelor's degree Construction Managers $40.27 Associate's degree Cost Estimators $27.69 Bachelor's degree Database Administrators $38.08 Bachelor's degree Electrical Engineers $40.53 Bachelor's degree Electro-Mechanical Technicians $28.70 Associate's degree Electronics Engineers $38.17 Bachelor's degree Environmental Engineering Technicians $24.18 Associate's degree Environmental Engineers $37.87 Bachelor's degree Environmental Science Technicians $20.67 Associate's degree Environmental Scientists $29.29 Bachelor's degree Food Scientists $33.67 Bachelor's degree Health and Safety Engineers $42.06 Bachelor's degree Hydrologists $35.97 Master's degree Industrial Engineering Technicians $24.31 Associate's degree Industrial Engineers $38.41 Bachelor's degree Materials Engineers $41.44 Bachelor's degree Mechanical Engineering Technicians $24.94 Associate's degree Mechanical Engineers $36.92 Bachelor's degree Medical Scientists $27.14 Doctoral or professional degree Microbiologists $33.18 Bachelor's degree Natural Sciences Managers $51.66 Bachelor's degree Network and Computer Systems Administrators $34.54 Bachelor's degree Nuclear Medicine Technologists $36.37 Associate's degree Operations Research Analysts $39.46 Bachelor's degree Soil and Plant Scientists $26.89 Bachelor's degree Statisticians $39.67 Master's degree Systems Software Developers $45.56 Bachelor's degree
STEM literacy is important for success in many careers besides IT, engineering, and science.
The following STEM-related careers are currently in high demand in Minnesota.
Job Title Hourly Wage Typical Education Required Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics $17.47 High school diploma or equivalent Compliance Officers $31.22 Bachelor's degree Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Tool Programmers $22.66 High school diploma or equivalent Dietitians and Nutritionists $27.06 Bachelor's degree Financial Managers $51.31 Bachelor's degree Machinists $20.96 High school diploma or equivalent Management Analysts $37.42 Bachelor's degree Market Research Analysts $30.62 Bachelor's degree Pharmacists $60.76 Doctoral or professional degree Registered Nurses $34.42 Data not available
Women in STEM Careers
Although many STEM careers are male-dominated, some — such as accounting and health-related occupations — employ more women. And today, many traditionally male-dominated fields are actively recruiting women. Look for companies that make special efforts to diversify their workforce. Visit Women in STEM for more information and advice on this topic.