Not all STEM careers require a college degree; some good careers such as welding and manufacturing technician need only an industry certification or a two year degree. But the large majority of STEM jobs require some education after high school.
The STEM disciplines are interesting and challenging. They can help prepare you for careers in fields that pay well and are relatively abundant. More STEM jobs will be available in the future than non-STEM jobs for students with post-secondary education. Also, the skills such as critical thinking and problem solving learned while studying STEM subjects are applicable to almost all careers and actually in demand for most.
A partial list of STEM careers includes:
- Medical doctors
- Health Care Professionals
- Computer Technicians
- Manufacturing Technologists
Download the full list of ACT-Defined STEM Majors and Occupations (PDF).