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Exploring Careers in STEM

This month, we're highlighting careers in Engineering! Oceanography and marine science have a wide variety of career opportunities to consider. Below are sample careers in these fields that might help you decide what you want to do when you get older!

Engineering Careers

 

Chemical Engineering

Nature of the job: apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale safe and sustainable manufacturing, plan and test methods of manufacturing products and treating byproducts, and supervise production.

Median Annual Pay 2015: $97,360

Job Growth 2014-2024: 2% (slower than average)

Entry Level Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and industry experience.

 

Electrical Engineering

Nature of the job: design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment.

Median Annual Pay 2015: $95,230

Job Growth 2014-2024: 0% (no change)

Entry Level Education: Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and practical experience.

 

Nuclear Engineering

Nature of the job: research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation.

Median Annual Pay 2015: $102,950

Job Growth 2014-2024: -4% (expected decline)

Entry Level Education: Bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering and practical experience.

 

Environmental Engineering

Nature of the job: use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.

Median Annual Pay 2015: $84,560

Job Growth 2014-2024: 12% (faster than average)

Entry Level Education: Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or a related field, and practical experience.

 

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