7 Uncommon, but Cool, Careers in STEM

Legoland DesignerThe fields of science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM, have gained a lot of attention in the recent years the United States. The US is lagging behind several countries when it comes to math and science education. STEM is critical for global competitiveness; however the field is not attracting or retaining as many professionals as in the past. This month at LTAW we will be talking about this field in particular – what is it, how can you get into it and why STEM is critical to the future.

When most people think of careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) they probably imagine a mad scientist working in a laboratory, or computer programmer isolated in a room coding – never to see the light of day. While that stereotypical image of a STEM job may still be true for some, the careers today that require some expertise in science and technology are a lot less boring. We have compiled a short list of some of the not so common, but really cool, science and tech jobs that you probably never considered and may spark your interest.

  1. Data Scientist – Why not work the sexiest job of the 21st century?  Data science incorporates varying elements and builds on techniques and theories from many fields, including math, statistics, data engineering, pattern recognition and learning, advanced computing, visualization, uncertainty modeling, data warehousing, and high performance computing with the goal of extracting meaning from data and creating data products.
  2. Professional Hacker – The word “hacker” definitely has a bad rap. It is becoming increasingly common to hear a news story about a company whose systems were compromised by a hacker. However, there actually people who hack for good, not evil. An ethical hacker is a person employed by an organization to attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems, using the same methods as a hacker, for the purpose of finding and fixing computer security vulnerabilities.
  3. Food and Flavor Chemist – Love food? Love science? Then you might love being a food or flavor chemist. Few people recognize the science behind the food they consume. Food scientists are mainly concerned with the chemistry of food products. Flavor chemists use natural or artificial ingredients, sometimes in combination, to develop flavors. As a food and flavor chemist you experiment with the chemical makeup of foods to make them tastier, longer lasting or easier to ship.
  4. 3D Printing Engineer – The idea of printing in 3D sounds so cool! 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. The technology is used in the fields of jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many others.  As a 3D Printing Engineer you would ensure that each customer’s creations are produced as quickly as possible, and explore how new materials can be integrated into 3D printing to enhance the technology.
  5. Storm Tracker – Are you fascinated by different weather phenomena such as tornados and earthquakes? Then this job is for you! Storm trackers, or atmospheric scientists, study the science of storms and specialize in gathering data on severe weather occurrences, including hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods. Atmospheric scientists may work in the following areas: field research, laboratory studies and/or computer analysis and modeling.
  6. Legoland Designer – Playing with Legos is not just for kids. And yes, believe it or not, you may need some STEM expertise to build Lego designs. Architectural and electrical design skills help to transfer the Lego models from conception to reality at Legoland. Model designers at Legoland use computer programs such as Rhino and Photoshop to aid in creating elaborate Lego designs.
  7. Robotics Engineer – It is predicted that that next year there will be 1.2 million robots worldwide, one robot for every 5000 people. As robots become So this job will be in high demand! Robotics engineers design robots, maintain them, develop new applications for them, and conduct research to expand the potential of robotics.

What STEM career listed above excites you? What other uncommon STEM jobs can you add to the list?

Getting to Know STEM!

Sources:

  1. 10 Amazing Jobs You Could Land With the Right STEM Education
  2. 7 Unusual Career Paths in Science and Technology

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