You’ve probably heard about STEM a lot. You might know STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math or that professionals with STEM jobs enjoy high earnings and low unemployment.
But which jobs and degrees qualify as STEM exactly? In this post, we’ll share more information about popular STEM field degrees, the top STEM jobs, and flexible, online University of Wisconsin degrees that are suited for adults who want to pursue STEM careers.
STEM Degree Data
The National Science Foundation (NSF) publishes an interactive STEM Education Resource website that offers recent data and topics for exploration on STEM education and careers in the U.S. The data is sourced from the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators report which is delivered to the President and Congress every two years.
In addition to the website, the NSF also provides the full National Science Board report, which showcases the growing number of STEM degrees, by field, that are awarded annually.
Here are the most popular STEM field bachelor’s degrees earned in the last several years:
- Social Sciences
- Biological & Agricultural Sciences
- Computer Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Mathematics and Statistics
For more STEM data, the complete Science and Engineering Indicators report can be found at nsf.gov.
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Top STEM Jobs
The U.S. News & World Report published “The 25 Best STEM Jobs for 2017.” Here are the top jobs, grouped by type. All the positions made the list due to low unemployment and high median salary and job growth.
1. Statistician and Mathematician
2. IT Specialist
Eight positions on the list are in the information technology sector.
- Computer systems analyst
- Software developer
- IT manager
- Web developer
- Computer network architect
- Database administrator
- Information security analyst
- Computer support specialist
3. Financial or Business Analysis Professional
Eight positions relate to finances and business analysis.
- Financial adviser
- Financial manager
- Operations research analyst
- Business operations manager
- Management analyst
- Financial analyst
Both psychologist and industrial psychologist are on the list of 25 best STEM jobs.
5. Medical and Health Services Manager
The list includes three engineering jobs.
- Environmental engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Civil engineer
Flexible, Online UW STEM Degrees
STEM professionals are very much needed in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. The University of Wisconsin offers several online programs, designed to help busy adults earn college degrees in promising STEM fields.
Here are some examples.
Data science and business analysis degree. These days, some statisticians and mathematicians learn programming and data management skills in order to derive meaning from large quantities of unharnessed data. These individuals are called data scientists. The UW Master of Science in Data Science program teaches professionals the skills they need to thrive as data scientists, business analysts, and more.
Computer science degree. The UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a degree completion program that prepares students for a variety of positions in IT, including the IT positions on U.S. News’s list of best STEM jobs.
Healthcare management degrees. University of Wisconsin offers two online programs that prepare students for healthcare management. The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration provides the foundational skills needed to make high-level, strategic decisions in any healthcare organization. The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology is a degree completion program that teaches the management and technology skills needed to lead health information departments.
Need help deciding on a STEM degree program? A UW enrollment adviser can help. Contact one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-877-895-3276.