Careers in STEM Need More Women to Join That Workforce
If you are a woman that enjoys science and math consider STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as a potential career path! Interest in these degrees has grown drastically in recent years. This is mostly due to the increase in technology the past few decades which leads to more job opportunities. Jobs in this field are in high demand so the salary is sure to suit your needs.
Gender Gap in STEM
Men highly dominate this field. There are studies that prove schools push female students away from the math and science careers. Pushing them into other career paths such as teaching and nursing. Women currently in this career field feel that they need to prove themselves more than men. In today’s day in age women should not have to prove themselves as worthy of a “man’s job”.
Out of all the career paths under the STEM umbrella, careers in science average the lowest salary. At the same time, science career paths are still way above the national average salary. When thinking about what you want your major to be in college think about where the career opportunities are. They are in biology, chemistry, geology, and zoology and much more. Science career paths currently make up over 50% women, which is a huge improvement. Hopefully this will incentivize young women to continue to pursue science if that is your passion!
I am sure you could imagine, people who can develop new software, code, or analyze different computer systems are highly necessary in today’s world. Especially with many companies and schools shifting to virtual work, there needs to be updated software continuing to be presented to these entities.
If you truly are advanced in math and science, consider a career in engineering! These majors are especially challenging in school because they involve a high amount of high-level math and science courses. The types of engineering you could go into would be aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, or mechanical. Civil and mechanical engineers have the highest projected growth rate in the next five years. Civil engineers work with constructing infrastructure. And Mechanical engineers redesign appliance, air conditioners, elevators, and much more!
Careers in math have the most projected growth in the next five years compared to all the other careers in STEM! You might not know what kind of jobs you can get if you are a math major. When getting a career in math, your job titles may be an actuary, cost estimator, mathematician, operations research analyst, or a statistician just to list a few.
People that currently have a career in STEM say that you not only need technical skills to work in this field, but soft skills are just as important. You need to properly be able to communicate your findings to your superiors as well as coworkers in other departments. If you are a hard worker and adaptable, you will likely succeed in this career path! Women deserve the same pay and opportunities men do in this industry. We need to continue to push for equality for women that choose these careers since there is so much growth and demand for this industry, we need all the bright minds we can get!
By Natalie Coil