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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Could this be a Career for You?
  • Would you like to work on creative teams to develop cutting-edge products and solutions?
  • Do you prefer practical, hands-on problems and solutions?
  • Are you interested in the relationship between humans, the environment and natural resources?
  • Would you like to apply your skills to a variety of industries including healthcare, education, finance and entertainment?
  • Would you like to help people better understand technology and its applications?

What You Need to Succeed

  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Math and Science Aptitude
  • Computer Fluency
  • Project Management Skills
  • Problem Solving Ability
  • Collaborative Nature
  • Innovative Approach
  • Curiosity

Pathway Overview

The STEM fields are essential to our future. The engineering sector continues to be called upon to imagine that future and turn it into reality. Information technology, one of the fastest growing industries in the state, spans nearly all areas of business. It is at the center of finding positive solutions to practical problems like data management and transportation to larger global issues such as cybersecurity, environmental issues and conquering diseases. In California, much of our largest industry, agriculture, with a large and varied number of jobs, is also in this STEM sector. For careers that grow, this is the place to be.


  • Agriculture is a major industry in California, employing 2.5 million people in a wide variety of positions.
  • Employees in this industry might work in a lab, on a farm, at a nursery, at a state park, at a golf course or in a traditional office.
  • In the next 20 years, there will be tremendous growth in this sector, particularly in water/waste-water technology jobs.
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  • The design engineering sector is ideal for students who have a strong understanding of mathematics and a creative drive to design new ideas.
  • If you are passionate about the environment and have innovative ideas for renewable energy, or you have the concept for next great¬†attraction for an amusement park in your head, this sector could be your path to success.
  • Successful students will have strong problem solving and analytical skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
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Information & Computer Technology
Information and Computer Technology
  • This sector is projected to be among the fastest growing and highest paying sectors over the next decade.
  • These careers focus on an innovative, reliable and diverse set of tools and resources to communicate, create, store, distribute and manage information.
  • A range of educational pathways including military experience, professional certifications and 2 and 4-year college degrees will help you get started on this path.
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  • Biotechnologists heal the world, feed the world and fuel the world through a diverse set of industries.
  • Biotechnology careers suit people who like to follow directions, measure outcomes and find results. This added benefit of taking part in the larger solution can help to make their day-to-day activities more fulfilling.
  • Biotechnology focused programs prepare students for career and transfer to 4-year schools for careers in laboratories and beyond.
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Top Jobs and Salaries

Salaries: What is Your Career Worth?

To help you make important decisions about investing resources in your college education, see how these careers compare:

JobsSalary Ranges
Civil Engineering$62,640 to $156,290
Web Developer$36,580 to $144,260
Biological Technician$32,650 to $79,340
Audio and Video Equipment Technician$27,530 to $92,730
Information Security Analyst$58,420 to $159,300

Find a College

College Programs: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

To find programs in this pathway please select your college of interest below.

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Start Today: Get involved and learn more about a new career.

Here are many organizations and activities to explore to learn more:

  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Skills USA
  • Math or Science Club
  • Job shadow an engineer or scientist
  • Set up computers and install software
  • Join a competitive cybersecurity league
  • Set up your own local area network (LAN) for gaming
  • Job shadow a technology coordinator at a high school or college
  • Volunteer to provide technical support for a nonprofit agency
  • Conduct research and prepare a project for a science fair
  • Learn computer applications or STEM technology, like CAD
  • Teach at a summer science camp or after-school program
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