There is no doubt about it that one of the growth industries in the US is the petroleum sector. Shale oil and shale gas have helped an economy that was on the brink of disaster in 2008. Those industries are continuing to grow. While the drilling and extraction industries may have slowed a bit due to dipping oil prices, there is still plenty of processing and process jobs available for people who want them. Keep an eye on the petroleum industry as an ever growing STEM field.
Whether it's working in a lab to develop the next cancer drug or working in a factory cleaning up a spill, there is a growing need for people who know how to handle themselves in around chemicals. Having the skill set to work in a chemistry lab will open a lot of doors for someone interested in a career in STEM. There is also a lot of flexibility with a career in chemistry because it touches so many aspects of so many other industries. If rubber gloves, lab coats and goggles seem like something that holds interest, look for training as in chemistry or as a chemical technician.
Forensic Science Technicians
We've all seen "CSI" on TV. While the real crime labs may not be as glamorous as they are shown to be on the television (let's face it, what job is as glamorous as it is on TV), there is a growing need for the crime fighters of the 21st century. Investigators and prosecutors rely on Forensic Scientists to provide them with the data they need to catch the bad guys. The field is also on the cutting edge of technology so it is always changing to provide more accurate ways to prevent crime. Look to Forensics to remain one of the top STEM jobs in the future and an excellent choice for someone looking for a STEM career.
Forest and Conservation Technicians
As the human population spreads out, we lose more of the forests and other places of natural beauty in the country. This means there is a growing need for people with the ability to help keep our natural and forested areas free from the effects of industry. While this might seem like it is the opposite side of the coin from a STEM field, these professionals use highly scientific methods in their every day jobs to keep the forests, lakes and rivers safe for all life. Not all science is done in a lab, and this is a great way to get out into the open and still have a career in the STEM fields.
These are only a few of the opportunities that exist out there for students with an interest in the STEM fields. Take a look to see where you might fit in a STEM program today!