There are many benefits to earning a STEM degree. Pursuing a STEM degree can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding. STEM degrees provide pathways to some of the fastest growing career fields, and the flexibility to work in unique environments. A STEM degree can lead to wonderful career opportunities, and meaningful work that can have a positive impact on society.
High Demand Means High Salaries
There is constant demand for quality STEM professionals. With that demand comes higher salaries. STEM graduates earn among the highest initial salaries immediately following graduation. The National Association of Colleges and Employers makes note of this in their post titled, “STEM Majors Projected to Be Class of 2019’s Top Paid”. Shown below is their chart for the winter 2019 salary survey.
A higher earning potential for just about any job can be attractive. Ideally, everyone should enjoy the work that they do. Having a sense of pride and accomplishment in ones work is key to overall job satisfaction. Having a STEM degree can open many doors. The flexibility and diversity of a STEM degree may allow an individual to work on a variety of projects throughout their career. Individuals will often choose to work on a projects which they believe will provide the greatest benefit to society, or a projects that are meaningful to them. It is because of this, many STEM professionals often have some of the highest job satisfaction rates. This is also shown in a survey conducted by BT Young Scientist & Technology. You can find the press release here.
A STEM Degrees Can Provide A Bright Future
A STEM degree can provide anyone with a bright future. Just imagine all of the possibilities. Current STEM professional are doing their part to lead the way in a technological revolution that will impact multiple industries. What are some of those STEM professionals currently working on? Let’s take a look at few exciting things.
We all know that there has been a race to develop a Covid-19 vaccine for months. Well, Pfizer has made some progress. They are now reporting that their Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective. Here is the article from CNN Health.
The James Webb Telescope is scheduled to launch October 31st 2021. It will be the next generation space telescope. The James Webb Telescope will change the way we look at the universe.
According to The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 3D printed organs are nearing clinical trials. You can read about it here.
STEM degrees can lead to exciting STEM careers. In a previous post titled, “Preparing for the Tech Revolution” we touched on a few of those careers.
Job satisfaction, flexibility, and a higher initial income after graduation are a few things that make STEM degrees attractive. Having a degree that nets a higher initial income after graduation also presents another benefit. It could become very helpful if a person wishes to make a career change by moving into a non-STEM field. That higher initial income could help provide a smoother transition later on. It is usually much harder to transition from a non-STEM field into a STEM field, mid career. Having a potentially lower starting salary makes that type transition a little more difficult. In addition, depending on the STEM profession there may be additional course requirements. It can be a lot to think about, but I hope that by highlighting the various benefits of a STEM degree that this post can provide a little inspiration to anyone out there who may be thinking about attaining one. So, consider the benefits of earning a STEM degree.