What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. But STEM is really more than an acronym and more than an area of study, STEM is problem solving. If you want to pursue a career in a STEM field, you must have good critical thinking skills.


The October 2014 Harvard Business Review has a great graphic on the types of jobs and how much these jobs will grow by 2022.

Some data on growth in STEM areas are:

  • Architecture and Engineering jobs—7.3% growth by 2022
  • Education, Training, and Library jobs—11.1% growth by 2022
  • Computer and Mathematical jobs—18% growth by 2022
  • Healthcare Practitioner and Technical jobs—21.5% growth by 2022