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STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Basically, careers in STEM are all about problem solving! STEM professionals use their knowledge of math and science to engineer new technology, design new products, deepen our understanding of the world, improve our standard of living, and much more! They work in diverse fields ranging from architecture and agriculture to medicine and computer science.

Why go into STEM?

  • Challenging/stimulating
  • Impact on society
  • Useful skills applicable to other jobs
  • Developing new products
  • Good pay

Preparing for a career in STEM

It's important to have a strong academic record that shows you've challenged yourself by taking more advanced courses. Colleges also like to see that you've improved over time. It's not just about grades, though! Show that you're interested in a field by participating in related extracurricular activities or doing a project on your own! Need some ideas? Check out our list of hands on activities from previous presentations.


Remember that high school requirements vary depending on the college and program. Be sure to check with the programs you are interested in for their requirements!

  • Typically up to trigonometry and pre-calculus
  • Calculus and AP Calculus recommended
  • Biology, physics, chemistry
  • Four years of English

What Programs can I get Involved with Now?

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Last Updated: November 3, 2013