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Whenever people think of STEM, they often imagine careers filled with late nights in the basement of a lab, hunched over test tubes and surrounded by long mathematical equations. What they often don’t think about, however, are the incredible, exciting things you can do with a STEM education. Here are five surprising benefits of studying STEM for today’s students.
1. The huge variety of careers possibilities
Studying STEM is a great way to have a flexible career path down the road. Even if your plans change (like switching from pre-med to physics, or biology to mathematics), the skills you’ve gained can be applied to a variety of different, often unexpected, careers.
Additionally, just because you studied STEM in college doesn’t mean you must be in a STEM focused career; you can land a job at health-focused startups, cosmetic companies and more. In fact, STEM-related jobs grew at three times the rate of non-STEM jobs between 2000 and 2010, according to the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The sky’s the limit!
2. It makes the world a better place
All careers have the chance to make the world a better place in a small way, but STEM focused careers can drive innovation to infinite heights. You don’t have to work for NASA to change the world and make it a better place, though. Startups, nonprofits and even traditional businesses benefit from the drive and innovation created by studying STEM.
3. You get an early start in exploring the field
Many students have no idea what they want to be when they grow up, and even after graduation, some still don’t know how to translate their skills into a career. With a STEM education, however, your classes empower you to explore the field while still in school. This can help students get a better grasp on how to best drive their career forward and hit the ground running after graduation.
4. There’s often less competition
This may seem counterintuitive, given the competitiveness of what people consider traditional STEM fields like pre-med or engineering, but the competitive landscape for jobs after graduation is actually much lower than in other fields. In fact, it is projected that 2.4 million jobs in STEM will go unfilled in 2018 because there are no qualified candidates for the positions. This means that there is an abundance of jobs that you can qualify for with an academic career in STEM.
5. Basic STEM skills will never go out of style
Unlike some fields where the knowledge you gain in school is outdated the second another innovation comes along, the skills you learn in STEM will never go out of style. In fact, according to the Minnesota State Careerwise Education, most employers want workers who can use reasoning and problem solving skills gained through a STEM education. This can be anything from attention to detail to being able to recognize cause and effect in a product. Your STEM education will never go to waste, no matter what path you choose!
Start your STEM education in high school with CITGO Innovation Academy in Corpus Christi, Texas. The academy prepares students for STEM college programs and careers. Students who complete the program may receive 12-30 hours of college credit.
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