STEM Day is celebrated every year on Nov. 8 to encourage young people to explore science, technology, engineering, and math education programs.
At the Bureau of Labor Statistics, when we talk about STEM occupations, these include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations, as well as related managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations and sales occupations that require scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level.
In 2021, there were nearly 10 million workers in STEM occupations and this total is projected to grow by almost 11% by 2031, over two times faster than the total for all occupations. They also pay substantially more: Median annual wages as of May 2021 were $95,420 for STEM occupations, compared to $40,120 for non-STEM occupations.
If you are considering a career in STEM, the 10 occupations below are projected to grow much faster than average:
Data scientists use analytical tools and techniques to extract meaningful insights from data.