All across the U.S., there is a great need for skilled workers in careers involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, collectively known as the STEM fields. There is ongoing growth in hands-on STEM careers, partly because these careers can’t be outsourced. And there’s a sense of urgency to help students develop along an educational path that will help them build skills for such careers.
STEM careers are some of the most in-demand positions in the country. In fact, there are almost 2.5 million openings projected over the next eight years in fields you can train for at Lincoln Tech. These fields include skilled trades like HVAC and welding, the automotive and diesel industries, manufacturing healthcare, information technology, culinary fields, cosmetology and many others. By focusing on training for STEM careers, schools like Lincoln Tech are creating budding professionals.
“STEM education is important because these concepts pervade every part of our lives,” says Karen Clark, Campus President of Lincoln Tech in Melrose Park. “We need to rethink training and education in the 21st century. Technology is continuously expanding in every aspect. We need to renew our focus on skills, rather than degrees”
What hands-on STEM careers are growing?
- Driven by demand for Nurse Aides, Patient Care Technicians, Medical Assistants and Practical Nurses, the healthcare industry offers a wealth of opportunities in every U.S. state! (And as health insurance continues evolving, you can bet Medical Coding and Billing specialists are going to be in demand as well!)
- It’s no secret that today’s new cars, trucks and SUVs are more technologically advanced than ever – meaning automotive technology and diesel technology career fields are experiencing impressive growth projections!
- Everyone likes to look and feel their best, so is it any surprise that careers in the Cosmetology industry are adding more than 20,000 positions around the country every year – and growing at 18% in Nevada alone?
- Skilled trades like computerized manufacturing, electrical (both high voltage and electronics), HVAC and welding are projected to combine for hundreds of thousands of job openings around the country by 2024. A renewed focus on the nation’s infrastructure and energy industries can only help drive that number in the years to come!
STEM training is the best way to prepare to enter these growing fields, and hiring managers in these industries are looking for candidates with specific technical skill sets. Even at the high school level, a greater emphasis is being placed on science, technology, engineering and math concepts to help ensure students have the backgrounds needed for hands-on post-secondary education.
Interested in learning what STEM careers are growing in your home state? Visit our Career Growth blog to learn more about opportunities where you live – and how to train for them!
All career statistics represent projected growth from 2014 – 2024, and can be found at careeronestop.org.