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

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. 

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.

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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