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What are STEM careers? • There are eight STEM disciplines identified on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET occupational database: • 1.Chemistry • 2.Computer Science • 3.Engineering • 4.Environmental Science • 5.Geosciences [Earth Sciences] • 6.Life Sciences • 7.Mathematics • 8.Physics and Astronomy
Bureau Of Labor Statistics: 2008-2018 Predictions For New Jobs
Six states accounted for 40 % of STEM jobs in 2005: • California Texas New York Florida Virginia Illinois • ILLINOIS 2018: • STEM jobs will be 5 % of all jobs • 20 % increase in STEM jobs • 3 % points above the national average • 57 % of STEM jobs will be in Computer Occupations • 93 % of STEM jobs will require postsecondary education and training • http://logos.cs.uic.edu/recruit/stemillinois.pdf
CAREER AWARENESS - in depth understanding of career options and educational requirements to obtain the career • Identifying an interest • Linking the interest with a career path • Obtaining in-depth and current information about the career • Typical tasks and duties • “A day in a life of _________” • Working conditions • Opportunities for advancement • Obtaining information on employment projections for hiring and wages • Obtaining information on educational and training requirements and options
ON-LINE RESOURCES STEM CAREER ARTICLE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STATISTICS: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2007/spring/art04.pdf CAREER ASSESSMENT TOOL (OLIVE-HARVEY COLLEGE WEBSITE): http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/olive-harvey/departments/relateddocuments/focus-2%20home%20page%20-%20ohc2.pdf DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CAREER EXPLORATION AND JOB ANALYSIS TOOL (O*NET): http://www.onetonline.org/ LIST OF STEM PROFESSIONS: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/stem-list.pdf STEM CAREER ARTICLE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STATISTICS: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2007/spring/art04.pdf CAREER AWARENESS ARTICLE (for high school students + great links): http://www.iste.org/images/excerpts/STEMJB-excerpt.pdf Google ‘STEM CAREERS” to find interviews with professionals and more information on careers. Women and STEM careers: http://www.aauw.org/stem/STEMresources.cfm
OTHER RESOURCES: • NETWORKING, GAINING EXPERIENCE, SEEKING MENTORS • POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: • Research Laboratories (student assistants, undergraduate researchers, networking, internships, scholarships) • STEM-related offices (e.g. Chemical safety) • STEM student clubs and programs • TEACHING HOSPITALS AND RESEARCH CENTERS (volunteering, internships, networking) • CHICAGO: • Museums, Zoos, Botanical gardens, Science and Technology organizations (volunteering, internships, networking) • PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (undergraduate memberships)