A recent report promoted by the University of Sydney shows that 75% of the world’s fastest growing occupations require STEM skills, and that there is an urgent need for more workers with skills based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The report urged that those disciplines don’t necessarily mean a skilled worker needs to become a mathematician or scientist, but rather that the skills learned within STEM courses can be applied to and explored within hundreds of different growing and changing industries in Australia.
Being equipped with STEM-based skills will give those just entering the workforce and those looking for a change or shakeup the opportunity to broaden their horizons and be sought after across different industries and positions. So, what are the key skills that employers look for – and that can be acquired by those who choose to study a STEM qualification?
No matter what course you undertake, a STEM student will acquire the ability to analyse and interpret information, and assess the best course of action. Whether it’s logical scientific analysis of lab results, or analysing a social situation or piece of information to then take action or create a project plan, STEM qualifications will equip you with the tools to understand, analyse and take the best approach in any situation.
Those who choose a career path rooted in science will learn how to break down complex scientific concepts and systems, and be able to use their analytical skills to understand each situation or problem. They will learn to understand cause and effect, to problem solve, and to understand and problem solve complicated systems or issues. Those with STEM qualifications in science are known for their ability to take a complex problem and assess it logically and scientifically before taking steps to solve it.
Whether you choose to study a career or discipline within science, maths, technology or engineering, mathematical skills will be involved and taught. From complex equations to applying mathematical skills to everyday situations, holding a qualification related to maths is invaluable in the workforce. It also often leads to an ability to pay attention to detail and ensure data is reported accurately and comprehensively.
STEM qualifications and career paths are incredibly diverse, yet technical skills will enter into each curriculum and be a valued skill set when you set out to find a job. The ability to get to the source of a problem and troubleshoot it appropriately, to debug a complex technological system or repair a machine, and a drive to keep on top of new technologies and software is highly sought after across many industries in Australia.
Employment opportunities in STEM industries and areas that value analytical, scientific, mathematical and technological skills are increasing every year, with a huge demand for STEM-skilled workers across the board.