Have you heard about STEM careers?

If you haven’t heard the term STEM in regards to education over the past few years then you have most likely been living under a rock. Personally, I have seen several kid-friendly memes and graphics on Facebook and Pinterest whose aim seems to be to give kids examples of STEM careers and ideas to peak their interest and foster at least a simple, base knowledge of what they mean. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. You may have also seen references to STEAM education which incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) supports the idea that the jobs of the future will be STEM jobs which are projected to grow to more than 9 million between the years 2012 and 2022 which represents a growth factor of about 1 million jobs. What are STEM careers?

Science- Space sciences, earth sciences, life sciences, chemistry, and physics. For example, the life sciences study the living world, such as plants or the human body; disciplines include ecology, genetics, neuroscience, pathology, and nutrition.

Technology- Computer and information sciences, artificial intelligence, programming, cryptography, and mobile computing.

Engineering- Aerospace, petroleum, or textiles. Major disciplines include civil, mechanical, industrial, electrical, and materials engineering.

Mathematics- Algebra, statistics, calculus, game theory, and geometry

No matter which of the STEM careers you or your child may decide to pursue you can bet that the majority of them will include or entail hours of tedious work and logging of data as a part of the responsibilities associated with it. For instance, a Structural Engineer spends much of his or her time with formulas and mathematics equations to determine the point at which something can no longer remain stable. While we know this work can be tedious, we love our industry and our coworkers so take solace in the potential for a fun and fulfilling work environment as well as the hope that anyone entering this industry would have a passion for some aspect of it and you can truly enjoy your work in these fields as we at Fluent Design Group do.