STEM Spotlight

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The mid-Atlantic region is a hot spot for STEM jobs. The Washington, DC/Baltimore corridor has the second-highest concentration of STEM jobs in the country with more than one million jobs in growing fields such as game technology, wildlife sciences, and epidemiology. And, yet, we are struggling to produce graduates who are prepared for STEM careers: in the US, job positing outnumber qualified STEM workers nearly two to one.

Texas is also a great region for careers in STEM: the state is home to more than three-quarters of a million great STEM jobs in 2018, Texas will demand a total of 715,380 STEM jobs(up from 584,120 in 2008) an increase of 22% and 5% more than the national average. CLICK HERE to learn more about resources and career opportunities in Texas.

The Baltimore region is unique in that it features growth in middle-skill STEM jobs: those jobs accessible to employees with an Associate’s degree or even a high school diploma. In fact, the Baltimore region is poised to add nearly 36,000 middle-skill STEM jobs by 2020. These jobs will be in the following high-needs areas: Energy Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Design & Construction, Healthcare & Medical Records, and Biosciences.

Busting STEM Career Myths

Not all STEM careers require 4+ years of schooling; some jobs like dental hygienists and lab technicians only require 2-year degrees!

Some jobs, like web designers, audio engineers, and geoscientists work STEM jobs in non-traditional STEM fields.

STEM careers are all about innovative problem-solving; creativity is an integral part!

Start now! Explore your passions and get involved, find internships, summer jobs or other opportunities. Keep learning and follow your dreams.

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What's Next: Getting Started with Your STEM Career


Build a well-rounded transcript with a focus in science and math. Take advanced classes and be sure to include one math and one science class each year.


Experience STEM first-hand through internships, summer jobs, or other opportunities. Ask people you know to introduce you to scientists and researchers, and ask them how they got started.


Fund your education with a part-time job in bioscience. Some basic positions require just a high school diploma or specialized courses at your local community college. A good way to get your feet wet is to take an entry-level position to build experience while you are pursuing a degree at a community college or university.


Even after you are employed, engage in lifelong learning. Science and technology constantly change, and it is important to know what’s new and exciting.


Join Learning Undefeated in providing STEM opportunities to underserved communities through the AmeriCorps program. Gain experience teaching students onboard one of our mobile laboratories and make a meaningful impact while earning money for college.