Science, Engineering, Technology, & Math

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster uses your abilities in problem-solving and prepares for careers using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.  People in this Career Cluster conduct in-depth research to provide solutions to a variety of technical problems within many different fields.  A postsecondary degree and relevant work experience are necessary to succeed in this field.

The employment of mechanical engineers is expected to increase, although that will vary by industry. The fields of alternative energies, nanotechnology, and remanufacturing are promising job areas for mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers trained in the latest software will have better job prospects. The next decade also should see a larger need for biological technicians. These technicians play a vital role in helping scientists and researchers develop new treatments for diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.

The hiring of architectural and engineering managers should increase with the growth being dependent on the industries in which the managers work. Job applicants in this field should have better prospects if they have the technical knowledge, good communication skills, and years of work experience.

Middle School Courses

  1.  Exploring Computer Science: #6670
  2. Introduction to Technology: #8481
  3. Inventions and Innovations: #8464
  4. Technology Foundations: #8402
  5. Technological Systems: #8463
  6. Technological Systems/Manufacturing: #8462

High School Courses

  1. High Tech Academy (ACE)
  2. Coding I Honors: #6640, #6640V
  3. Electronic Systems I & II: #8416, #8412
  4. Energy & Power: #8495
  5. Engineering Explorations I Honors: # 8450
  6. Engineering Analysis and Applications II Honors: #8451
  7. Engineering Drawing/Design/CAD: #8436
  8. Exploring Computer Science: #6670
  9. Manufacturing Systems I With Metals: #8425
  10. Manufacturing Systems II With Woods: #8427
  11. Technical Drawing/Design/CAD: #8435
  12. Technology of Robotic Design: #8421
  13. Technology Transfer: #8404

Do You Like To…

  • Figure out how to make things work?
  • Use your excellent math and science skills?
  • Pay attention to detail?
  • Ask questions?
  • Use your creativity and problem-solving abilities?

Sample Careers

  • Biologist or Microbiologist
  • Chemist
  • Biochemist or Biophysicist
  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Engineer: Aerospace, Industrial, Biotechnology, Chemical, Marine, Materials, Civil, Petroleum
  • Engineering Manager
  • Geoscientist or Materials Scientist
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician
  • Architect
  • Naval Architect
  • Architectural or Civil Drafter
  • Materials Lab and Supply Technician
  • Quality Technician
  • Nuclear Equipment Operation or Monitoring Technicians
  • Technical Writer
  • Post-Secondary Education Vocational Teacher

In Demand Careers

Education NeededOccupationMedian SalaryJob Growth
Over next 10 years
Job Openings
Projected over next 10 years
Associates DegreeChemical Technicians$49,260 per year3% (As fast as average)1,900
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Microbiologists$75,650 per year3% (As fast as average)600
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Mechanical Engineers$88,430 per year4% (As fast as average)12,400
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Mathematicians and
Statisticians
$92,030 per year33% (Much faster than average)14,900
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Technical Writers$72,850 per year7% (Faster than average)4,300

Student Leadership Organizations
The Technology Student Association (TSA) enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intra-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.

Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests, based on instructional preparation, and undertaken in partnership with local businesses or organizations. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world work environment. Work-Based Learning promotes Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparation.

Career Ambassadors
The Career Ambassador Program offers high school seniors an opportunity to represent and share their experiences with career exploration and our CTE programs to prospective students and community supporters through elementary school Career Fairs, middle school Career Clubs, and district-wide events.