Potential Careers

There are numerous career path opportunities for STEM+M students.

Listed below are a few career options that directly deal with STEM+M education along with a brief description of what you should expect if you choose to purse that occupation.  By the time you complete your education at the Tri-State Early College STEM+M Collaborative, you will have not only completed 2-years of college courses, but you will have studied material that is needed in everyday life in these careers.

For more information about the occupations listed, as well as a resource for more research on occupations related to STEM+M career fields, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you would like to see a list of STEM careers that do not directly deal with the medical field, please visit U.S. News & World Report.

Bioinformatics Scientists
This career connects technology and computer science with the medical field. In this field you will use data mining, software building, data analytics, and other computer science disciplines to create databases, software programs and other means to help medical professionals more easily access certain lists or needs. The field has a large and interesting scope for those interested in data. The required education is at least a Bachelor’s degree if not a Master’s degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median income at $74,720 for 2014.

Biochemists and Biophysics
In these occupations, students should expect to study organisms’ cells to further medical understandings of the body and search for new cures and medicines. In this field you will often work in a laboratory. These labs are most commonly found on the medical centers at college campuses, where you would give lectures or teach courses along with your research. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the median annual wage for biochemists and biophysicists was $84,940” in 2015. A Doctoral or professional degree is required.

Bioinformatics Technician
In this career path, you will assist the bioinformatics “in in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics” says O Net. Day to day you would “analyze or manipulate bioinformatics data,” “enter or retrieve information from structural databases,” and could “build and maintain databases for processing and analyzing genomic or other biological information.” The median pay according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics was $41,430 in 2015. A Bachelor’s or an Associate’s degree is required for this career.

Biomedical Engineer
This occupation is similar to a medical engineer, but in this field you would be focusing on systems, procedures, and processes for internal medicine, as well as creating and growing organs and other body parts. This field also has a high median salary of $86,950 according to CNN Money. A Bachelor and Master’s degree is needed for this occupation.

Biomedical Equipment Technician
The professionals in this field ensure that medical equipment works properly and is well maintained. You could work in a hospital, at a military base, or in a local clinic. You would work alongside physicians, therapists, and others as you operate and maintain medical equipment. There are 2 and 4-year programs for this field. The median salary was around $47,100 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Biological Technician
If you chose to be a biological technician, a few duties according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics are to “set up, maintain, and clean lab instruments,” “gather samples,” “conduct biological tests,” and many other things. The field requires a Bachelor’s degree and in 2014 the median pay was $41, 290.

In this occupation, you can develop new products and medications. You would be using all the concepts you learned in our STEM+M education in this field. The entry-level education needed is a Bachelor’s degree and the median pay for 2014 was $74,720 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you chose to become an epidemiologist, you would focus day to day on investigating how and why diseases happen and how they become widespread. You would be working on projects like that of the Ebola epidemic in 2014-2015. The median salary for an epidemiologist in 2013 was $66,330 according to U.S. News & World Report. A Bachelor and Master’s degree is needed to enter this field.

Medical Engineer
In this occupation, you would design systems, procedures, and processes as well as products for medical equipment, machines and other products to aid medical advancements. According to U.S. News & World Report, the unemployment rate is around 2.7% and has a “comfortable median salary of $82,100.” A Bachelor and Master’s degree is needed for this occupation.

Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists and Technicians
This career path includes “analyzing body fluids,” “studying blood samples,” “operating sophisticated equipment,” “logging data,” “discussing results with physicians,” and many more fun and exciting tasks, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You will at least need an Associate’s degree if not a Bachelor’s degree to meet entry-level requirements. The Bureau of Labor Statistics listed the 2014 median pay for this occupation to be approximately $49,300 per year.

As a microbiologist, you should expect to encounter studying microorganisms in their structure, development, and other characteristics. This can be curtailed to the medical field by looking at how these organisms are impacted by medicine—whether positive or negative. A Bachelor’s degree is required and the median pay in 2014 was $67,790 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nurses (RN, BSN)
A nurse utilizes the skills of a STEM+M education. While there are a wide variety of nurses, an RN (Registered Nurse) is the most common. They will “record patients’ medical histories and symptoms,” “administer “medicines and treatments” and serve in numerous other roles. An RN does not require a Bachelor’s degree and earned a median salary of $66,600 in 2014 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nurse Practitioner
If you are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, here are a few responsibilities you should know. Nurse practitioners preform physical exams, check blood pressure, diagnose common illnesses, prescribe medications, educate patients and families, and preform many more tasks. If you want to become a NP, you will have to earn at least a master’s if not a Doctoral degree. The median wage for NP’s in 2014 was $97,990, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pharmacists utilize STEM+M education. They dispense prescription medication and answer any questions regarding the drug, the use, or the benefits and hazards the patient has. A Doctoral degree is required for this field. It pays a median wage of around $120,900–Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Physicians and Surgeons (Primary-Care, Cardiac, etc.)
The term “physician” covers a wide variety of specializations. You could be prescribing medicine to a sick 7-year old, or you cold be in the operating room preforming a knee surgery. Whatever you choose to specialize in will need extensive schooling, training, and practice before you become a licensed physician. You will need to earn your Doctoral degree along with time spent in a residency program. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has the 2014 median pay of physicians and surgeons to be equal to or greater than $187,200 annually.

Physician’s Assistant
As a physician’s assistant, you should expect to be able to greeted with a wide array of duties and responsibilities. You would “take or review patients’ medical histories,” “examine and diagnose patients,” “order and interpret diagnostic tests,” “prescribe medicine,” conduct research, and preform numerous other tasks (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The training needed for this occupation is a Master’s degree and the median pay in 2014 was around $94,400, according to the BLS.

Teacher or Professor
Giving back and ensuring others learn and have opportunities to succeed is always needed. If you have a passion for learning and helping others learn, attaining a STEM+M education and then coming back to Tri-State ECSC is a great opportunity. This will require a Bachelor’s degree and your teaching certificate, along with further learning. If you desire to teach college-level courses at the school or at a university you will need to continue your education and earn a Master’s and Doctoral degree.