6 Mind-Blowing STEM Careers the World Needs Now

8:38 AM, Aug 07, 2018

The world of technology is changing faster than you think. Years ago, flying cars seemed like a far-off dream, and yet today, there are test flights available for the world’s first flying car. As innovation continues at lightning speeds, it will be essential to provide students with the opportunity to pursue these future career options.

So, what are some of the careers that we need to create ASAP? Check out these 6 careers the world needs now.

1. Tele-Surgeon

Although this career already exists, it is a highly specialized and a small field in the world of medicine. Tele-surgeons are surgeons able to operate using robotic tools in remote locations. Tele-surgeons in the future could even conduct augmented reality or virtual reality robotic surgery from anywhere in the world.

2. Solar Car Specialists

Cars currently run on diesel, electricity and even water. Why not solar energy? The energy used to power your home could very well also be used to drive your car in the future. In fact, some say it could happen as early as 2019! This means we’d need solar car engineers and specialists to be at-the-ready to help fuel further iterations of solar powered cars in the future.  

3. VR/AR Architect

Who says STEM fields can’t be creative and artistic, too? With the proliferation of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in our current world, it won’t be long before AR and VR architects are needed to design spaces both on and off the screen, and code interactions both in real life and via the latest VR device. This new blend of tech and architecture opens up a whole new career path to those who love to code, but are artistic at the same time.

4. Logistics & Supply Chain Drone Manager

Warehouse management systems currently dominate the market, but if Amazon’s ambitions to deliver packages by drones ever comes to fruition, so will an entire industry of supply chain and warehouse management dedicated to drone technology. The field will need experts to help guide and set standards for drone management within the supply chain.

5. Unmanned Vehicle Engineers

As self-driving cars become more and more commonplace, the world will need engineers to build, program and troubleshoot this new class of driverless vehicles. Although this occupation currently exists for the research and development stages of these cars, it will need to be expanded upon for the fleet of unmanned vehicles to come – boats, submarines and planes, oh my!

6. Sustainable Agriculture Reversal Scientists

Sustainability is already a huge challenge, and it will get even more difficult as time goes on. In the future, there will be a high demand for jobs centered on reviving agriculture that has been destroyed by humans over the years. Additionally, there will be a need for research into the best sustainability methods for reversing the effects of climate change and producing long-term results.

Interested in going into STEM research, or learning more about its benefits? Check out CITGO Innovation Academy’s high school program in Corpus Christi, Texas. The academy helps prepare students for college programs and future careers in STEM fields. Students that complete the program may receive 12-30 hours of college credit. For more information about the program, visit the CITGO Innovation Academy at https://moody.ccisd.us/academies-moody/citgo-innovation-stem-academy or call (361) 878-7340.

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