Are you interested in a career in STEM?
Research has shown that students who pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas earn a median hourly wage that is double that of a non-STEM career. Some STEM careers in high demand are Natural Sciences Managers, Chemical Engineers, Biomedical Engineers, Microbiologists, Medical Scientists, Conservation Scientists, Clinical Laboratory technologists and Materials Engineers.
|Job openings in STEM fields are projected to grow over 19% in the next decade, so it’s more important than ever to investigate the exciting career options available and the steps needed to reach your career goals! Check out BestColleges.com's STEM career guide that highlights several paths of study, specializations, and job positions within science, technology, engineering, and math.
How can the QMC Mobile STEM Lab inspire students?
The STEM Lab offers an exciting opportunity for students to experience new, fascinating aspects of science and experimentation in a uniquely inspiring setting. The Lab helps generate interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math through deep, authentic content instruction. In addition, the Lab prepares students with reasoning and problem-solving skills, using their developing knowledge. The varied Lab curricula are designed to help students gain analytical skills, which allow them to research a topic, develop a plan and draw conclusions as a result of experimentation. Students use their growing science skills to break down complex systems into smaller parts, to recognize cause-and-effect relationships and to defend their findings. They also use their math skills, including calculations and graphing, to focus on the smallest details when measuring or accurately recording data, often using tablets provided by the Lab. Most importantly, students are asked to communicate, cooperate and listen to each other as they work collaboratively – and individually – to define and solve problems.
STEM Career Spotlight
The following individuals are some of the leading figures in the STEM field today. All biographies are sourced from biography.com.
(Business Leader, Engineer, Computer programming)
Marissa Mayer led the development of Google's most successful products for more than 10 years and was appointed CEO of Yahoo in 2012, at the age of 37. At the time, she was one of only 20 female CEOs in charge of a Fortune 500 company.
J. Craig Venter
(Biologist, Geneticist, Scientist)
J. Craig Venter is a scientist and businessman who developed a pioneering system for tagging genes called expressed sequencing tags (ESTs), and later sequenced the entire human genome. J. Craig Venter received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He also founded the J. Craig Venter Research Institute and has done work in synthetic biology.
Taiwanese AIDS researcher David Ho's work has influenced the understanding, investigation and treatment of HIV/AIDS worldwide, perhaps the most significant of any individual's to date. After attending Harvard Medical School, Ho began conducting research at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, and soon proved that, contrary to previous thinking, once the AIDS virus (HIV) enters the body, it reproduces itself in massive quantities almost immediately. His discovery heralded a significant reversal in long-held precepts of AIDS research and treatment.