The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster is aboINALut using your math, science, and problem-solving skills to conduct scientific research and develop innovative solutions to the world’s problems.
Mathematicians and statisticians are projected to experience the most job growth among all STEM occupations. These jobs involve conducting mathematical research and collecting, organizing, interpreting, and summarizing numerical data to provide information that can guide decision making in many different fields. Cartographers and photogrammetrists, who prepare maps and other spatial data for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes, will also see their job opportunities expand.
Other scientists with rapidly expanding job prospects include computer and information research scientists and atmospheric and space scientists. Engineers likely to see double-digit job growth within Virginia include marine engineers and naval architects as well as computer hardware engineers.
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Occupational Projections: 2018-2028
Virginia’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics cluster included 64,469 jobs in 2018 and is expected to add 4,915 more by 2028, for a total of 69,384 jobs. The percentage of job growth forecasted for this cluster in Virginia (7.6%) is greater than the growth forecasted for the same occupations at the national level (4.9%).
For more information on occupations in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia-This is a PDF document..
|Top 10 Occupations by Size||2018 Estimated Number of Jobs in Virginia||Annual Virginia Median Wage||Typical Education, Training, and Work Experience Requirements|
|Mechanical Engineers||7,873||$94,600||Bachelor's Degree|
|Electrical Engineers||7,116||$110,000||Bachelor's Degree|
|Electronics Engineers, Except Computer||5,126||$119,140||Bachelor's Degree|
|Engineers, All Other||4,755||$131,600||Bachelor's Degree|
|Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other||4,298||$110,920||Graduate/Professional Degree|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||4,177||$149,630||Bachelor's Degree; Work Experience|
|Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other||3,863||*$79,623||Associate Degree or Some College|
|Computer and Information Research Scientists||2,857||*$128,255||Graduate/Professional Degree|
|Marine Engineers and Naval Architects||2,648||$92,270||Bachelor's Degree|
|Aerospace Engineers||2,180||$127,200||Bachelor's Degree|
Data Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Virginia Employment Commission; Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
*2018 wage data
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE VERSO – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. VERSO is organized by program area, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics:
- Engineering & Technology (Agriculture Sample) (Word)
- Engineering & Technology (Engineering Sample) (Word)
- Engineering & Technology (Technology Sample) (Word)
- Science & Math (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Cluster Analysis Document for VirginiaReport: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)
Current research relative to employment sectors and information on occupation supply and demand. The information is presented in two formats: a summary brief and a detailed report.
Nontraditional Careers: Occupational and Employment Information
- Executive Summary – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Virginia (PDF)
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Virginia (PDF)
- State Science and Technology Institute
- American Marine Technology Society
- American Society of Civil Engineers
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2017 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.