Welcome to Careers with STEM

Careers with STEM is a platform for students, teachers and parents. Here you can explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – or STEM. It was founded by STEM-specialist publishers, Refraction Media, in 2014 and reaches 1 million high school students annually.  Careers with STEM is supported by employers, government, universities and other organisations who share our vision: to inspire a smarter future. 

What is STEM + X?

There’s a big buzz around getting skills in STEM.

Research tells us that these skills are critical to future jobs. But we like to think of STEM as a foundation, not necessarily a destination

Careers with STEM’s secret formula is STEM + X – where ‘X’ is your passion, an interest, another subject, a big opportunity or life-changing goal. By combining STEM skills with a students’ interest, passion or another field (their ‘X’), they can discover STEM careers they didn’t know existed, see themselves in STEM careers, and discover new and emerging fields.

Think Science + business = new space rockets, or Tech + agriculture = smarter farming. Engineering + health = new medicines or Maths + shopping = happier customers and less retail waste. Whatever you’re into, there’s a STEM + X solution that can get you there.

Head to our STEM + X intro page to discover careers that you didn’t know existed, find what areas are best suited to you and get inspired by role models working in STEM careers.

Why STEM?

STEM skills provide a solid foundation, but not just for jobs in science and engineering. 

STEM is globally important to many of the biggest issues of today, from climate change, to global poverty and inequity, feeding a growing population sustainably, ensuring adequate healthcare and creating and maintaining a good quality of life.

STEM jobs are growing rapidly and entirely new job sectors are emerging and disappearing as we increasingly shift from an industrial to a digital society. The National Skills Commission predicts that employment in STEM occupations in Australia will grow by 12.9% by 2025 compared to average job growth of 7.8%. And by 2030, it’s predicted Australian workers will spend 77 per cent more time using science and mathematics skills.

While STEM jobs are growing and diversifying, enrolments in STEM degrees are declining, especially for women and minorities. The latest STEM Equity monitor stats show STEM enrolments for women are just 35% – but for many reasons including equitable design, bias in data and access to work – we need to ensure more girls are considering STEM as a study path.

How can we inspire kids about STEM careers?

At Careers with STEM, we can show you straight-up STEM careers areas – like this A-Z of STEM careers, A-Z of health jobs, a list of all of the computer science jobs we can think of, a glossary of gaming gigs and this What is Engineering? video.

We also have a back catalogue of Careers with STEM magazines, available to read online for free.

What are the paths into STEM?

If you’re wondering how to get into a STEM career, we can help with that too.

Starting out in high school? You can also find information on Choosing Electives.

In Years 11/12/13? Check out our Open Day information to help you on the path to your ideal career/degree/study. And if you’re about to enrol, don’t miss this vital info on getting your study options in, though our Changing Preferences section.

Looking for Vocational Education and Training (VET) study options, including STEM Apprenticeships and Traineeships? We’ve got the lowdown here.

If you are already studying or looking for a job, check out Graduate Options. You’ll find deep dives into some of the biggest and best STEM employers, information on graduate programs and internships, and further study options from micro-credentials to postgraduate degrees.

Sign up to get regular updates and inspiration to turbo charge your start in STEM study paths.

Get job kits

Careers with STEM Job kits

The Careers with STEM Job Kits are free downloadable 8-page e-mags which offer a complete introduction to individual STEM careers. Discover what a specific STEM job is all about, meet real people working in that job and find out what you can do right now to set your career on the right path.

What’s a day in the life of a STEM professional like?

UX Designer
Sophie Gardner is a UX designer at tech giant, Google. For Sophie, UX Design offers the perfect blend of creativity, sociology and technology. Read more about her STEM study + career journey in her full profile.

There are more than 500 STEM role models on the site. You can find them via your ‘X’ interest or sort by:

Social justice + technology
In our increasingly tech-driven world, it makes sense that technology will play an instrumental role in our attempts to do better and be better. Read more about using tech skills for social good here. Image via iBobbly.

Want more?

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and TikTok, and check out our YouTube channel for regular videos and webinars where you can hear from STEM professionals and ask your questions live and more.

I’m a teacher – is there anything you can help me with?

If you are a teacher, check out our guide to using Careers with STEM in class, plus the Teachers Hub where you’ll find free posters, activities, coding resources and much more.

You can also sign up to our monthly Education Insider email for regular STEM education updates, and subscribe to get your print copy of Careers with STEM each term for just $25/year.

Discover 118 STEM careers with this colourful STEM career poster! Perfect for the science classroom. Download or order it at the Careers with STEM shop.