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20 STEM Careers

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There are so many careers available to students of STEM subjects. We’ve collected 20 STEM careers in our A – Z guide.

A Audiologists– screen for hearing loss, examine inner and outer ears and selects and fits hearing aids.

B Biology teachers – prepare and deliver lessons in biology to students who might be in secondary school, at college or at university.

C Cytotechnologists – examine biopsy or spinal fluid examples under a microscope to detect infections or check whether tumours have been removed successfully.

D Dispensing assistants – work as part of the pharmacy team taking in and handing out prescriptions.

E Electrical technicians – assist engineers and scientists by assembling, installing, modifying and maintaining equipment.

F Forensic science technicians – run ballistic tests on weapons, matche DNA samples and collect evidence from crime scenes.

G Geographers – might define the terrain of an area, determine how and why boundaries change and create topographical or fire maps.

H Hydrologists – collect and evaluate meteorological data, analyse water and mud samples and assist in the design of water usage policy and regulation.

I Information security analysts – work on encryption and firewall security. They also train users on security and protect consumers’ personal data.

L Laboratory technicians – support scientists by helping carry out tests and research in many areas such as health and forensics.

M Marine biologists – research oceans, study marine bacteria to discover new compounds for use in medicines, tag and track marine animals and advise the seafood industry on sustainable fishing.

N Neurologists – Diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the central nervous system.


O Optometrists – performs eye examinations, tests vision and identifies health problems associated with the eyes.

P Polymer technologists – oversee the processing of plastics and rubber working in research and production on the manufacturing of all sorts of goods.

R Radiologists – are medical doctors who specialise in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging including X-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound and PET scans.

S Statisticians – collect, analyse and interpret quantitative data in both the public and private sector.


T Toxicologists – work in many areas and might discover the effects of toxins or might work in forensics to identify the toxins present in victims or at scenes as part of a criminal investigation.

V Veterinarians – might give animals routine vaccinations, nurse sick animals back to health, assist animals when giving birth and perform surgery.

W Water engineers – design engineering solutions to protect against flooding, test water supplies and help to design water parks and features.

Z Zoologists – design habitats for zoo animals, educate visitors, monitor animal disease and track animal populations and migration patterns.

STEM careers continue to offer some of the best careers prospects and pay and graduates of STEM degrees tend to be employed more quickly and more often in related employment fields than many other graduates.

Don’t forget girls – without females working in STEM we lose out on the benefits of diversity in the workforce and in research!

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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