Educators have been pushing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for a long time. In 2001, Judith Ramaley, the assistant director of education and family resources at the National Science Foundation, coined the term STEM. And today, STEM presents unique work opportunities around the world.
But the job prospects look a lot different than they did in the past 10 or 20 years. New technologies and advances in our understanding of science concepts have opened doors to interesting and profitable careers that wouldn’t have been imagined a generation ago.
Now, STEM jobs are in high demand and pay well. While many jobs require only a bachelor’s degree, an advanced degree and/or certifications can make applicants more desirable (and more valuable). These are the highest-paying STEM careers.
Note: All figures are from the United States Bureau of Labor statistics. Median salaries are from 2018, the latest figure available, and the number of projected jobs are those expected by 2028.