Why your child should consider choosing STEM subjects

20/09/2017 12:28

Being at the forefront of innovation and making a difference to the world.

That’s what your child could expect with a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

‘It’s an evolving and fascinating field,’ says Dr Alessio Gusmeroli, STEM engagement adviser for My World of Work Live!.

‘If you’re studying STEM subjects, the possibilities are endless.’

Here are five reasons why your child should consider choosing STEM subjects in school:

1. Opportunities

The STEM sector is growing. For example, it’s estimated that there will be 12,800 new jobs a year in Scotland’s digital sector (Digital World).

‘The world is shifting more to the need to have data to make big decisions,’ says Alessio.

‘It’s easy to see that in the future there will be more people needed in this field.’

2. Variety of industries

STEM is a part of almost every industry, so there are a huge variety of careers.

‘If you’re studying STEM subjects, the possibilities are endless. For example, with physics and computing subjects you can apply your skills to all different areas,’ says Alessio.

‘You could be creating computer games or designing software for medical use or getting involved in space engineering.’

3. Innovation

Working in STEM means that your child will be at the forefront of innovation. Advances in technology, such as virtual reality, are being made all of the time.

4. Make a difference

STEM careers will also give your child the chance to make a difference. They could be working on a medical breakthrough or researching new ways to harness renewable energy.

5. Problem solving skills

Your child will learn basic skills, such as problem solving and research methods, that can be used in a variety of different jobs, not just related to STEM.

What next?

Have a look at some of our tips of how to help your child at subject choice time.

Find out more about My World of Work Live!, a set of interactive exhibits and activities designed to bring STEM careers to life.