Never heard of STEM? Here’s your STEM career starter pack

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Why should you think about a career in science, tech, engineering or math? You’d be surprised at the many career paths available in STEM, and the pay is often excellent, too.

There are a lot of options when it comes to the type of training and degree you need for a STEM career. STEM skills underpin more than just your typical STEM careers, so studying a degree or course in science, technology, engineering or maths will put you in good stead for the future job market.

I’ve put together a STEM careers list below based on some of the most popular career options for STEM graduates. Many of them are high paying and all of them provide a comfortable salary. The jobs on this STEM careers list range from the typical careers in science and technology to those with an unusual twist. You can read over the details to get a feel for the working environments, goals and objectives that grab your interest.

 


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Environmental Scientist

This is a growing field because of the challenges our planet is facing now and in the future. The government employs a lot of environmental science grads to help implement environmental standards. Environmental scientists can help identify pollutants and hazards and determine how to deal with these challenges to the environment. An internship as a lab technician would be a good resume-builder for landing one of these jobs.

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Average Earnings: AU$67,000

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Genetic counsellor

Genetics is an exciting field that’s seen a lot of breakthroughs in the past decade. By 2001, the human genome was decoded, and in vitro fertilisation techniques began to be refined. This has allowed doctors to test embryos for certain hereditary diseases and prioritise ‘healthy’ specimens. As a genetics research assistant or counsellor, you’ll be able to help people avoid hereditary diseases or take steps to deal with them proactively.

  • Minimum Education: Master’s Degree
  • Average Earnings: AU$75,000

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Computer analyst

This career involves learning about computer programming, design and function. You’ll use your math and coding skills to determine the best way to organise data for quick retrieval. A systems analyst writes programs that work together seamlessly to perform the functions that are needed. A systems analyst is also a bit of a sleuth when it comes to tracking problems that arise with the information retrieval process.

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Average Earnings: AU$63,000

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Web developer

Once a website is designed, the web developer takes over to add the graphic design and coding that makes it come alive. The web developer takes computer programs created by programmers and analysts and makes them accessible to users. This career niche is more dependent on HTML and coding than designing computer processes, but it can still be a challenging job. It’s also a good fit if you’re interested in graphic design.

  • Minimum Education: Associate degree
  • Average Earnings: AU$60,000

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Biomedical engineer

This is a great choice if you’re interested in both medicine and technology. As the population ages, more resources will be devoted to finding computerised solutions to medical care. Medical equipment and digital devices for health care are being created every day. There are sub-fields like robotic surgical equipment and artificial joint design that present an interesting challenge for a biomedical engineer. Biology, chemistry and engineering are all relevant degrees for this field.

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Average Earnings: AU$64,000

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Marine engineer

If you like boats and the water, this is a fitting branch of engineering for you. Experience working on marine technical systems or ship design is in demand by the Australian Defence Force, and marine engineering applies to every type of sea craft from sailboats to aircraft carriers. Marine engineers design equipment and document the techniques and materials used to make it. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a requirement for the job.

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Average Earnings: AU$100,000

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3D printing engineer

This is one of the most cutting-edge fields in STEM, along with robotics and quantum computing. Over time, 3D printers are poised to create food, medical equipment and even replacement organs made from your own cells. There aren’t many degree courses available in 3D printing presently, but that means your skills will be even more in demand once you complete the training.

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Average Earnings: AU$56,000

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Choose your career

Some of these career paths require licenses and/or continuing education. Internships are available in just about every STEM field, and having some experience under your belt will add to the qualifications you bring to a potential employer. Besides the generous salary, finding a career you’re excited about can make your life more interesting and satisfying. This STEM careers list focuses on some of the most popular fields in STEM, but you’d be surprised at how many different fields are a good fit for someone with a science, tech, engineering and/or math degree.

Andrej Kovacevic

Author: Andrej Kovacevic

Andrej is a dedicated writer and digital evangelist. He likes to discuss everything from neural networks and natural language processing to the latest in smart home IoT devices.

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