MANUFACTURING, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND TRADES

Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics

ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT SCIENCE? DO YOU LOVE TO MAKE STUFF?

Take a look at careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

What is it?

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers (commonly known as STEM) heavily draw from math and science. These careers help shape our future, solve our problems, and innovate new products or systems. Technology is rapidly changing almost every industry – from driverless cars and package-delivering drones, to automated bank tellers and cashier-free grocery stores – and STEM workers are driving these advancements.

What will I do?

As a computer scientist, you might develop the latest artificial intelligence (AI) application that changes a new industry. Biochemical engineers are working on new chemical materials, like a plastic that is biodegradable. Mechatronic technicians work on automated, robotic manufacturing systems that make manufacturing more efficient. As a civil engineer, you might design new bridges that last 3 times longer than today’s outdated bridges.

Leads to these jobs:

  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mathematician
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Scientist
  • Statistician

Is this for me?

  • Excellent math and science skills
  • Detailed-oriented
  • Curious
  • Problem solver
  • Creative

Employer Spotlight: RHO CHEMICAL

Rho Chemical Company is a global toll processing and contract manufacturing chemical company supplying our customers in numerous markets including agricultural, food, healthcare, consumer products, and industrial.

Our work is varied, from developing a new resin material used in the space shuttles and on the Pioneer 10 deep space probe, to designing new high-performance material ideal for sailboat mast bearings, paving the way to victories in America’s Cup races.

In-Demand Occupations in Illinois

Chemical Technician

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $48,107
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 3%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 2,080

Mechanical Engineering Technician

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $58,320
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 4%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 1,930

Chemist

  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Median Salary: $68,252
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 7%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 3,340

Industrial Engineer

  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Median Salary: $80,895
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 12%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 10,510

Civil Engineer

  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Median Salary: $85,593
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 9%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 9,080

Electrical Engineer

  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Median Salary: $89,232
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 8%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 4,060

Statistician

  • Education Level: Master’s Degree
  • Median Salary: $78,443
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 32%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 1,570

Source – Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2019

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS @ JJC

Many students who take courses at JJC’s Natural Sciences and Physical Education Dept. are pre-med, pre-veterinarian, pre-pharmacology, pre-physical therapists or future engineers. Students can take advantage of the many unique learning opportunities JJC offers, from hands-on learning and lab time, to JJC’s on-campus planetarium and prairie restoration project.

Learn more at www.jjc.edu/academics

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS

talk to your school counselor or teachers about what next steps to take.

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