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Do you love science? Are you naturally curious? If so, you might find a way to shine 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
Chemical Technician $48,160 Chemist $76,890
Mechanical Drafter $55,920 Civil Engineer $86,640
Electro-Mechanical Technician $57,790 Mechanical Engineer $87,370
Electrical Drafter $60,070 Atmospheric and Space Scientist $94,110
Nanotechnology Engineering Technician $63,200 Electrical Engineer $96,640
Fuel Cell Technicians $63,200 Nanosystem Engineer $96,980
Electrical Engineering Technician $64,330 Nuclear Engineer $107,600
Nuclear Technicians $79,140 Architectural and Engineering Manager $140,760