STEM Career Paths

Learn More About STEM Jobs

Looking for information on career paths that involve STEM? You’ve come to the right place. Below are links to profiles of a number of careers in this field, as well as links to descriptions of how data science and analytics affects different industries.

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Syracuse University

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Master of Science in Applied Data Science

Syracuse University’s online Master of Science in Data Science can be completed in as few as 18 months.

  • Complete in as little as 18 months
  • No GRE scores required to apply

Southern Methodist University

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Master of Science in Data Science

Earn your MS in Data Science at SMU, where you can specialize in Machine Learning or Business Analytics, and complete in as few as 20 months.

  • No GRE required.
  • Complete in as little as 20 months.

University of Denver

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Master of Science in Data Science

Earn your MS in Data Science online in as few as 18 months. Bridge courses are available.

  • Complete in as few as 18 months
  • No GRE required

University of California, Berkeley

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Master of Information and Data Science

Earn your Master’s in Data Science online from UC Berkeley in as few as 12 months.

  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • No GRE required

University of Dayton

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Master of Business Analytics

Gain in-demand analytics skills with an online master’s in business analytics. Complete in as few as 12 months.

  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • GRE/GMAT not required

American University

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Master of Science in Analytics

American University’s online MS in Analytics program prepares students to apply data analysis skills to real-world business practices. The program can be completed in 12 months. No GMAT/GRE required. 

  • No GMAT or GRE scores required to apply
  • AACSB accredited
  • Complete in as few as 12 months

Pepperdine University

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Master of Science in Business Analytics

Earn your MS in Business Analytics online from Pepperdine University. Learn advanced tools like Python, Tableau, SQL, Hadoop, and Excel.

  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • Delivered by an AACSB-accredited school
  • Earn a specialized business master’s degree

Syracuse University

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Master of Science in Business Analytics

Looking to become a data-savvy leader? Earn your online Master of Science in Business Analytics from Syracuse University.

  • As few as 18 months to complete 
  • No GRE required to apply

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Data Science and Analytics Careers:

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Top Industries for STEM Careers

Below you can see an overview of how STEM disciplines get used in a variety of different major industry areas.

What Our Job Profiles Cover

Responsibilities

Discover whether you’re an analyst by nature or an engineer by inclination. On each page, you’ll find a short definition of the role and a list of what your daily tasks might be. Keep in mind that responsibilities will vary from job to job.

Qualifications

In this “checklist” section, you’ll learn more about what employers want for:

  • Degrees
  • Technical Skills
  • Business Skills
  • Professional Certifications

We’ll be the first to admit that details are subject to change. When in doubt, check recent job boards for comparison.

Similar Jobs

Confused about the difference between a data architect and a data engineer? How about a statistician versus a data scientist? In your search for employment, you’ll encounter a lot of overlap between job titles. We’ve done our best to clear up any confusions and point you in the right career direction.

Job Outlook

Technology jobs that exist today may well not exist tomorrow. We discuss the trends that could affect each position.

Professional Organizations

Finally, we’ve provided links to organizations that can aid you in your climb to the top of your profession.

General STEM Career Advice

Enhance Your Technical Skills

To buff up your technical skills:

  • Enroll in a tech bootcamp
  • Go to data science conferences
  • Participate in coding contests
  • Take MOOCs
  • Pursue professional certification from specific vendors
  • Contribute to open source projects
  • Apply for data science internships

And don’t underestimate the importance of soft skills. Time and again, employers reject job candidates who don’t have communication and/or problem-solving abilities. Remember that most data experts spend a fair amount of time collaborating with non-technical team members. You need to know how to explain what you’re doing.

Network Like Hell

Your best source of job information are your mentors, professional colleagues and favorite bloggers/authors. They can give you real-world advice on the pros and cons of each job, including the challenges currently faced by the industry. They may even be in a position to direct you towards a career.

Stay Flexible

The technology job you have today is not going to be the job you will have in a year. Or in 5 years. Or in 10. If the history of data science teaches us anything, it’s that industries morph as fast as technology. Concentrate on your strengths, remedy your weaknesses and stay open to new opportunities.

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Last updated: February 2021