Career Journeys in Science, Engineering, Technology & Math

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers are found across many industries. Still, they represent one of 16 career clusters that the U.S. Department of Labor uses to track employment. People with expertise in these areas can work in laboratories, businesses, universities, hospitals and other venues. Additionally, people not trained in STEM might also be found in this category if they perform some function, like accounting, for an organization or business, such as an engineering firm, whose core activity involves one of these disciplines. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook. Adults using these resources to help students explore careers may also find it helpful to use the Career Journeys Supplemental Materials we’ve prepared for teachers and counselors.

Putting it all together as an industrial engineer

Overseeing a couple of school projects, including one in shop class, put Liza Rigucci on a path to become an industrial engineer with Mascaro Construction.

Technical service means working with people

A physics major now working as a Technical Service Representative for Covestro, Kaitlyn Tautkus-Berry finds her science background important, but her people-skills are just as critical to the job.

Turning two passions into life as an entrepreneur

Once a television weatherman, Jeff Verszyla combined training in broadcast media and his interest in meteorology to become an entrepreneur, giving forecasts over his own website and social media.

Being detail-oriented is critical skill in research

As a Research Assistant at UPMC Children’s Hospital, Lauren Risser focuses on public health projects in youth violence prevention.

Academia brings benefits and challenges of unstructured time

As a University of Pittsburgh Professor and Associate Dean of Medical Research, Donald DeFranco’s work is a combination of teaching and research.

Much about transportation engineering is about technology

Anthony Castellone didn’t take a straight path to becoming a Transportation Division Manager for Pennoni. But his current role brings together what he’s learned from previous career steps.

Project management brings different challenges every day

As a Project Manager for Mascaro Construction Co., Baily Keilbach finds every day is different except for one thing: there’s always a new problem to solve. Because his background is in engineering, problems are right up his alley.

For broadcasting, troubleshooting is a top skill

Now a Mobile Unit Engineer at NEP Group, Inc., George Ribich began developing his interest and skills in broadcasting at age 12, working at a community television station.