The enormous world of STEM covers every sector and industry from games designer to rocket scientist, from veterinary surgeon to car mechanic and everything in between. As long as you like excitement, there is something to suit you.
Unlike at school, working scientists get to work in all kinds of amazing places. If you’re looking to get out of the classroom there are roles that let you explore space, nature, under the oceans, the subatomic universe and more. You’ll be free as a bird.
People working in science or engineering can earn as much or more than their buddies working in law. Not bad, right? Studies have also shown that the average salary for STEM careers is higher than most other sectors.
If you’re worried that you won’t get to show off your creative, artistic side – don’t be. STEM is all about new thinking and new discoveries and creative thinkers are the ones that will help to find them. It might be coming up with a new food or drink flavour, developing a new medicine, building a social media platform to rival Tumblr or coming up with a way to make cars better... whatever STEM work you do, you’ll be able to get those creative juices flowing.
Despite what you may think, science careers are not only for professors. Nowadays, you don’t even need a degree. Companies have realised that everyone has something to offer so many businesses now offer trainee programmes and apprenticeships to help you take that first step into a new, exciting career. Whichever route you take, you can still get the chance to learn the ropes and become a super scientist.