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Spring 2007 Vol. 51, Number 1

STEM occupations: High-tech jobs for a high-tech economy



—NUTSHELL:
What is this acronym, and why would you want one of its jobs? Here’s a hint: You’re on the right track if you like science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.


—SNIPPET:
Faster aircraft, bolder video games, better medicines—technology moves forward every day. And tech-savvy workers make those advances happen. Without the work of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians, and other skilled workers, most new products and discoveries would never be developed.

Technical occupations are often defined as those related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Workers in STEM occupations use science and math to solve problems. 

This article describes the occupations that most clearly concentrate on STEM. You’ll find information about STEM occupations, earnings, educational requirements, and job prospects. There are also suggestions on how to prepare for a STEM career and where to find more information.

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U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Updated: September 21, 2007