Scientific Career Spotlights Learn how STEM can launch a lifelong appreciation for learning

The need for a STEM-capable workforce has increased dramatically in recent years. According to the National Science Board, the number of U.S. jobs that require substantial STEM education has grown by nearly 34 percent in the last decade. More jobs than ever require at least a bachelor’s degree-level of STEM knowledge and experience, and millions of technical jobs need people who have STEM knowledge with or without a degree.

A career in science can span a variety of focus areas that extend beyond the perception that science is only conducted in a laboratory. Hear what a few scientists—from students to advanced researchers—say about how a focus in STEM has made a difference in their career.

David Raji, Graduate Student Research Assistant

Daniel Sweeney, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Jeffrey Holmes, Physicist

Chuck Pearson, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences

Douglas Fuller, Manager of Software Engineering

Stephanie Galanie, Scientist