Stem presentation. final draft. 3.14.13


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Stem presentation. final draft. 3.14.13

  1. 1. STEM PROGRAMS &CAREERSA U.S. University PerspectivePresented by:James L. Goonan, DirectorInternational and Graduate AdmissionsEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityBarbara L. Heissenbuttel, DirectorInternational AdmissionsFairleigh Dickinson UniversityJoan Liu, College CounselorACS Cobham International School
  2. 2. What is STEM?STEM stands for a clusterof careers in the fields of: Science Technology Engineering Math
  3. 3. What Do We REALLY Mean bySTEM?Any field or career that: Creates, Discovers or AppliesNew Knowledge to Make LifeBetter for All!
  4. 4. In Other Words...STEM careers : Search for new information, methods, andways to do and understand things better Work to effectively and efficiently solve theworld’s problems Require you to innovate, create, & discover Require you to ask why and how aboutthings that need to be built, invented anddesigned
  5. 5. We want you to explore STEMcareers… because the Worldneeds YOU and you may nothave been getting themessage!
  6. 6. STEM Careers Are: Cutting Edge Profitable Beneficial In Demand
  7. 7. People Attracted to STEMAre Usually:Investigativepeople interested in: Knowing Finding out Analyzing Thinking Exploring
  8. 8. People Who Like STEM AreOften:Realistic people interestedin work that demands: Physical activities Hands-on tasks Practical solutions Tool-oriented problemsolving
  9. 9. STEM Fields Appeal to PeopleWho Are: Interested in creating & being “outside the box”(Artistic) Interested in organizing, processing, & record-keeping (Conventional) Interested in helping society and individuals(Social) Interested in leading, persuading and selling(Enterprising)
  10. 10. How Do You Benefit FromSTEM Today? Everyday outcomes of STEM: Cell phones, smart phones or MP3 players - computerengineering, high tech manufacturing Video games - computer engineering: hardware, andsoftware Animated movies - computer engineering: hardware, andsoftware Cars - mechanical engineering, high tech manufacturing,mining engineering, petroleum engineering Digital photography - computer software and hardwareengineering Plastic - petroleum engineering
  11. 11. Some Places You Might BeSurprised to Find STEM Health Care - Prevention, treatment, and management of illnessby creating biomedical devices, and defining and developingchemical and biological processes Construction and Mining - GIS computer programmed heavymachinery Libraries - Computer information systems embodied Manufacturing - Computed numerically controlled (CNC)machinery, Mechanical engineering Social Sciences - Long distance psychotherapy via live videoconferencing
  12. 12. What’s in It for You? Earn good pay Earn respect Learn new thingseveryday Create new technologies Be valuable to society
  13. 13. STEM graduates are in high demand! Total STEM jobs are projected to grow from 6.8 million to 8 million by2018 Predictions indicate there will be 2.4 million total job openings by 2018 In the U.S. the annual supply of bachelor’s degrees awarded in STEMfields dropped 25% between 1985 and 2009 (24% vs. 18%) According to IIE’s Open Doors Report, 41% of international studentsare studying STEM fields in the U.S. International students can remain in the U.S. for Optional PracticalTraining for up to an additional 17 months after completing theirdegree!Georgetown U. Center on Education and the Workforce and Institute forHigher Education’s Publication, Open Doors Report
  14. 14. Georgetown U. Center onEducation and the Workforce
  15. 15. Examples of STEM Disciplines Biological/Life Sciences – Biochemistry, Bioinformatics,Biomechanics, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, MathematicalBiology, Pre-professional programs… Chemistry – Chemical Engineering, Cosmetic Science, PharmaceuticalChemistry… Computer Science – Animation & Game Design, ComputerProgramming, Database Administration, Digital Forensics, ElectronicCommerce, Software Engineering, Telecommunications andNetworking… Engineering – Aerospace, Automotive, Civil, Construction, Electrical,Industrial, Mechanical, Nanotechnology, Petroleum, Robotics, Systems… Information Technology – Data Communications, MultimediaTechnologies, Network Security… Math – Actuarial Science, Applied, Biostatistics, Cost Estimator,Economist, Financial Engineering, Market Research Analyst… Physics – Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Quantum Physics…
  16. 16. The Top 8 STEM Careers(2010 through 2020) Biomedical Engineers Medical Scientists Software Developers/Systems Software Biochemists and Biophysicists Database Administrators Network and Computer Systems Administrators Software Developers/Applications ActuariesSource: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration
  17. 17. Some Average Salaries Engineers: Biomedical, Electrical, Industrial,Mechanical… depending on the specificfield: $52K to $83K Computer/Software Engineers: $60 to $85K Chemists: $66K Medical Scientists: $73K Geoscientist: $79K Environmental Scientist: $60K Biochemist/Biophysicist: $83KThese numbers were taken from the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook
  18. 18. High School PreparationMATH AND SCIENCE COURSES ARE KEY!TAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN In the US system, we expect to see 4 years ofmath and 3 years of lab-science. AP coursesprovide advanced standing. In IB schools, SL math and physics areacceptable, but HL will lead to advanced standing.
  19. 19. Support and commitmentlead to success Take advantage of tutoring programs and studygroups to enhance your learning. Seek out a faculty mentor. Join STEM clubs; go on field trips related to STEMsubjects; enroll in science competitions. Sign up for STEM summer camps or programsoffered at universities throughout the U.S.
  20. 20. U.S. UniversityDegree Programs &Admission Criteria
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