Saturday, June 23, 2012

"STEM" Careers Have Advantages

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Careers

STEM skills are key to more careers than you might think.

Did you know that science, technology, engineering, or math graduates can find work as health care practitioners, teachers, farmers, top-level managers in the private or government sector, and even writers or artists?

STEM careers are concentrated in the following fields:
  • Agriculture, Agricultural Operations, and Related Sciences
  • Computer and Informational Sciences and Support Services
  • Engineering and Engineering Technologies
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physical Sciences [such as physics and chemistry] and Technologies
Job Title

Accountants and Auditors
Biological Technicians
Biomedical Engineers
Chemical Engineers
Civil Engineers
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer Hardware Engineers
Computer Programmers
Computer Software Engineers, Applications and Systems Software
Database Administrators
Electrical Engineers
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
Environmental Engineers
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Food Scientists and Technologists
Forest and Conservation Technicians
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
Industrial Engineers
Mechanical Engineers
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
Operations Research Analysts


Blog Author’s Note

My understanding is that accountants and auditors, in order to be considered "STEM" category members, must be computer literate and comfortable with working in databases and with query languages (such as SQL). I do not know of other business degrees that are generally considered as included in the STEM category. I have heard from less reliable sources that certain social science degrees in sociology and anthropology are considered STEM, but I find this to be a dubious claim.

A meaningful accounting degree, these days, is one which qualifies the graduate to sit on the uniform certified public accountant examination.

Incidentally, there is a trend to move accounting and auditing out of college business departments into a separate area that offers a "science" rather than "business administration" degree.

The blog author himself is a certified public accountant.

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