Why work in STEM?
Here are some great reasons to work in STEM.
- Work in an area that interests you – STEM careers span a wide range of industries, from construction, IT, health and transport to entertainment, sport and food and drink.
- Choose a pathway to suit you – you can get into STEM through an apprenticeship, further education or higher education, or even a combination of these.
- Future-proof your career – the UK needs over 2 million new scientists, engineers and technicians by 2022* and STEM careers will continue to grow.
- Earn a good salary - the average salary for technology jobs in Scotland is £37,500, higher than the average of £28,000**.
- Travel the world –STEM qualified people are in demand throughout the world.
- Keep on learning – science and technology constantly changes and advances, so you will keep increasing your knowledge.
The work you do could contribute to the world in many ways! Imagine:
- researching new medicines that could save lives
- developing new sustainable construction materials
- advancing the technology used in aircraft and satellites
- helping to stop climate change and protecting the planet
- using robotics to develop medical technology
- making and fixing aircraft, cars, trains or ships to keep people and goods moving
- preventing hackers from accessing confidential data
- improving the lives of those with mobility issues and injuries
- developing or managing international communication networks
- designing or constructing all types of buildings, from houses to hospitals.
*10 great reasons to become a scientist or engineer, Tomorrow’s Engineers (2018)
**Scotland’s Digital Technologies: Summary Report, Digital Technologies Group (2017)
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