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Is a STEM Career for Me?

by on December 8, 2015 | Top Stories, Career Guide

A closer look at careers in STEM

STEM is a very vast field that continually sees new changes and additions. Let's have a look at the career opportunities under each STEM discipline as listed by O*NET OnLine.

5. Geosciences

Geosciences - Is a STEM Career for Me? -

Architectural and Engineering Managers: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers: Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems.

Natural Sciences Managers: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Examples of Other Careers in Geosciences
  • Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Hydrologists


6. Life Sciences

Life Sciences - Is a STEM Career for Me? -

Biofuels Production Managers: Manage biofuels production and plant operations. Collect and process information on plant production and performance, diagnose problems, and design corrective procedures.

Dietitians and Nutritionists: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease.

Environmental Restoration Planners: Collaborate with field and biology staff to oversee the implementation of restoration projects and to develop new products.

Food Scientists and Technologists: Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

Geneticists: Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level.

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists: Study the origins, behaviour, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife.

Examples of Other Careers in Life Sciences
  • Agricultural Engineers
  • Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Agricultural Technicians
  • Animal Breeders
  • Animal Scientists
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers
  • Bioinformatics Technicians
  • Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Biological Technicians
  • Biologists
  • Biomass Power Plant Managers
  • Biostatisticians
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
  • Counselling Psychologists
  • Dietetic Technicians
  • Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Environmental Compliance Inspectors
  • Epidemiologists
  • Fallers
  • Farm and Home Management Advisors
  • Farm and Ranch Managers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
  • Food Batchmakers
  • Food Science Technicians
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Forest and Conservation Workers
  • Foresters
  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
  • Log Graders and Scalers
  • Logging Equipment Operators
  • Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Managers
  • Park Naturalists
  • Precision Agriculture Technicians
  • Psychologists, All Other
  • Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Range Managers
  • School Psychologists
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
  • Soil and Water Conservationists
  • Statisticians


7. Mathematics

Mathematics - Is a STEM Career for Me? -

Actuaries: Analyse statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits.

Mathematicians: Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields.

Operations Research Analysts: Formulate and apply mathematical modelling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions.

Risk Management Specialists: Analyse and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organisation.

Statisticians: Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organise, interpret, and summarise numerical data to provide usable information.

Examples of Other Careers in Mathematics
  • Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Business Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Mathematical Technicians
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Physicists
  • Physics Teachers, Postsecondary


8. Physics/Astronomy

Physics/Astronomy - Is a STEM Career for Me? -

Astronomers: Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses.

Nanosystems Engineers: Design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.

Nuclear Medicine Technologists: Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment.

Photonics Engineers: Design technologies specialising in light information or light energy, such as laser or fibre optics technology.

Physicists: Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Examples of Other Careers in Physics / Astronomy
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  • Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Chemists
  • Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
  • Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Soil and Plant Scientists

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