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Check out Careers in STEM

Some of the most exciting jobs in the future are in the field of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

Job Outlook

From national security to economic growth, the future of our nation depends on individuals who can apply their knowledge and skills in math and science toward engineering, technology and research. These jobs are highly valued because they are critical to innovation in virtually every field, from medicine to transportation to technology.

Meta-Major: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Are you interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or math but not sure what you want to do? Check out the STEM meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as engineering. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

Career Pathways

The STEM field has two career pathways:

  • Science and Math: Individuals who use their knowledge in science and math for research.
  • Engineering and Technology: Individuals who apply their knowledge in science and math to specific practical purposes, such as engineering. 

The Education-Career-Income Connection 

Most careers in STEM require an associate's or bachelor's degree. 

Training, Certificate or Associate's Degree Bachelor's Degree
Electro-Mechanical Technician (A) $39,400 Chemist $60,150
Chemical Technician (A) $40,450 Civil Engineer $79,780
Mechanical Drafter (A) $48,380 Mechanical Engineer $79,860
Electrical Engineering Technician (A) $49,980 Electrical Engineer $82,640
Electrical Drafter (A) $51,160 Atmospheric and Space Scientist $90,900
Nanotechnology Engineering Technician (A) $60,940 Nanosystem Engineer $91,940
Fuel Cell Technicians (A) $60,940 Nuclear Engineer $103,890
Nuclear Technicians (A) $71,830 Architectural and Engineering Manager $113,940
  • T indicates training which includes apprenticeship and on-the-job training.
  • C indicates a professional or industry certificate.
  • A indicates an associate degree, generally an associate in applied science or science.
  • Salaries are the median income for the job in Florida.

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