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A quick guide to STEM career opportunities

The nation is in the midst of a STEM revolution and the next generation of thinkers will be leading it. As the world becomes more digitally dependent, those in science and technology careers continue to fuel innovation with bold ideas and game-changing prototypes. Additionally, more industries are turning to engineers, scientists and mathematicians to solve and prevent some of the world’s biggest problems in areas like big data and cyber security.

With STEM-focused careers on the front line of economic growth, students of these disciplines have more opportunities to find jobs that truly inspire, challenge and reward them. Whether you want to create the next big video game, build autonomous vehicles or design intelligent machines, there is a profession that can fulfill your deepest passions.

Below is a glossary highlighting both established and emerging careers in STEM. Read through the job descriptions to learn more about each role and see which STEM career interests you the most. Afterward, explore our list of degree programs to find a concentration that aligns with your career goals and aspirations.

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Job Title CompaniesDescriptionMedian Pay Projected 10-Year Growth

Analytics Manager

Alternate Job Titles:
Wells Fargo, eBay, Verizon

Configures, designs and implements data analysis solutions that help assess a service or product’s performance, risk, and satisfaction.

135,1488

Applications Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:Software Application Developer
Texas Instruments, Oracle, Miracle Software Systems

Develops new systems and equipment, and redesigns existing systems to help companies meet consumer needs.

87,86919

Architectural Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:Civil Engineer
Global Engineering Solutions, Jacobs, Huttig Building Products

Applies design and engineering principles to the construction of buildings, bridges, tunnels, roads, and other infrastructure.

56,6088

Big Data Analyst

Alternate Job Titles:
Citi, Equifax, HP Inc.

Uses data to help companies make better business decisions. Analysts may collect data from sales, market research, logistics, transportation, manufacturing, etc., and interpret the findings to influence business decisions.

83,87819

Clinical Informatics Analyst

Alternate Job Titles:
Phillips, Siemens, Cigna, Cleveland Clinic

Creates processes, procedures, workflows and systems for health care facilities.

74,9869

Quality Assurance Manager

Alternate Job Titles:
Amazon, Sapient, US Air Force

Assesses a company’s development, production, and manufacturing processes to meet external and internal requirements.

105,3440

Data Architect

Alternate Job Titles:
IBM, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Amazon

Determines what data management systems are appropriate for a company’s needs.

137,63011

Data Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:Software Engineer
Amazon, Capital One, Facebook

Uses knowledge of data mining, machine learning and programming to collect big data and create pipelines in which this information can be pulled.

151,30711

Gaming Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Riot Games, Microsoft, Epic Games

Works in all phases of game development to concept, code gameplay, and test and troubleshoot the finished game.

88,84712

Software Architect

Alternate Job Titles:Software Engineering Architect
Intuit, Oracle, Intel

Determines software coding standards, tools, and platforms to ensure a project’s quality.

134,51517

Solutions Architect

Alternate Job Titles:
Cerner, Cisco Systems, Dell

Designs an organization’s applications or services.

125,5096

UX Designer

Alternate Job Titles:User-Experience Designer
Amazon, IBM, MICROS Systems

Researches users’ emotional and functional needs to create and execute user-friendly mobile and web design experiences.

107,88013

Research & Development Engineers

Alternate Job Titles:
Caterpillar, Ford Motor Company, General Mills

Researches and invents methods, processes, and products, applying their knowledge to improve current standards and practices in order to fulfill a goal.

95,5860

Research Scientist

Alternate Job Titles:
MIT, Intel, Siemens

Plans and conducts experiments in order to test hypotheses.

99,80919

Process Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Intel, Texas Instruments, ExxonMobil

Modifies current processes or develops new manufacturing and industrial systems that reduce cost and risk.

93,1408

Software Developer

Alternate Job Titles:
Epic, General Motors, IBM

Researches, designs, programs, maintains, and tests computer software to meet a specific function.

91,88717

Computer Programmer

Alternate Job Titles:
IBM, LanceSoft, Fujitsu

Troubleshoots problems with computer software and equipment, and provides technical advice to users and organizations.

75,402-7

Statistical Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
TransUnion, Corning, Bose

Applies statistical theory to collect and interpret numerical data to find insights that can be used for decision-making and problem-solving in business, engineering, healthcare, and technology.

77,25234

Computer Support Specialist

Alternate Job Titles:
Lockheed Martin, Natsoft, Apple

Troubleshoots problems with computer software and equipment, and provides technical advice to users and organizations.

50,99810

Cost Estimator

Alternate Job Titles:
Rigid Global Buildings, Raytheon, Booz Allen Hamilton

Collects data and works with software to identify how much time, money, materials and labor are required to manufacture products, build infrastructure, construct a building or provide a service.

65,49511

Clinical Analyst

Alternate Job Titles:Clinical Data Analyst
UnitedHealth Group, John Hopkins University, Highmark Health

Manages information within hospitals or clinics to ensure processes run efficiently.

80,11020

Health Information Technologist

Alternate Job Titles:
Suncoast Hospice, Greenway Health, NTT Data

Ensures that the technology used to process, store, retrieve, and distribute medical data is accurate and secure.

40,43013

Biomedical Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Aramark, FDA, Soma Technology

Improves healthcare outcomes by designing devices, concepts, and processes in medicine and biology.

70,37523

Supply Chain Manager

Alternate Job Titles:
PepsiCo, CGN Global, Caterpillar

Directs or coordinates production, purchasing, warehousing, or distribution to streamline activities and meet production needs.

107,5517

Logistics Manager

Alternate Job Titles:
Ryder Systems, US Army, Amazon

Organizes storage and distribution of goods to ensure the right products are delivered to the right place at the right time.

73,3547

Materials Manager

Alternate Job Titles:
Lowe's, GE, Kraft Heinz Company

Plans and directs the process of buying materials, products, and services that are required for manufacturing or service delivery.

80,3222

Quality Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:Manufacturing Quality Engineer
MathWorks, Adobe, Boston Scientific

Monitors the quality of manufacturing processes to discover, track, and fix defects within systems.

82,56610

Operations Analyst

Alternate Job Titles:Operations Research Analyst
Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America

Identifies and solves process problems relating to customer information, internal procedures, or business issues.

63,11927

Industrial Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Boeing, Intel, UPS

Improves productivity, operational efficiency, and quality of industrial processes and systems.

79,00210

Manufacturing Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:Manufacturing Design Engineer
Ford Motor Company, GE, Boeing

Improves, creates, and tests machines in manufacturing processes for optimal performance.

82,03110

Mechanical Design Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:Mechanical Engineer
GE Aviation, Sensata Technologies, Tesla

Creates and improves the current design of machinery for production and operational efficiency.

66,2279

Electromagnetic Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
GE Healthcare, Boeing, Garmin

Designs linear induction and linear synchronous motors, other magnetic products and the applicable control systems.

72,1427

Semiconductor Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Intel, L3 Technologies, Corning

Designs, tests, and manufactures the essential building blocks of all modern electronics from computers to medical devices.

163,4167

Electrical Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Motorola, GE, Lockheed Martin

Creates electrical systems, products, components, materials, and applications by applying knowledge of electricity and materials.

91,4597

Simulation Systems Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Qualcomm, Cessna, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Analyzes, designs, debugs, and tests distributed interactive simulation and/or high-level gaming architecture applications.

89,2219

Information Security Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Booz Allen Hamilton, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin

Helps businesses safeguard sensitive data like client data and financial records from security breaches and hackers.

117,55856

Computer Systems Administrator

Alternate Job Titles:
MCS Global, Amsoft, US Federal Government

Installs, configures, and tests the computer environment between the host and the local area or wide area network.

78,3226

Computer Hardware Engineer

Alternate Job Titles:
Intel, Oracle, Larsen & Toubro

Researches, designs, and tests computer equipment relating to hardware, such as circuit boards, processors, and routers.

118,7553

Computer Network Architect

Alternate Job Titles:
VisionSoft, Introlligent, Fourth Technologies

Designs and builds data communication networks that can range from a local loop to globally distributed networks.

110,5009

Web Developer

Alternate Job Titles:
Google, LinkedIn, Wells Fargo

Develops websites and applications over distributed networks from a web server to a web browser.

93,40227

Database Administrator

Alternate Job Titles:
Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, Fujitsu

Installs, configures, and manages the operations, maintenance, and security of databases within a business or organization.

93,16411

Information Technologist

Alternate Job Titles:
UPS, US Navy, Chevron

Ensures that computers and telecommunications networks process, store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data efficiently.

63,79713

Health Information Technician

Alternate Job Titles:
Mercy, Scripps Health, State of Wisconsin

Verifies the completeness and accuracy of medical records and sensitive medical documents.

41,57113