Career Focus: STEM Careers

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Career Focus:
STEM Careers
The latest addition to our Career Focus series, Career Focus:
STEM Careers is a career exploration and preparation guide.
This full-color, magazine-style publication combines essential
career guidance with web activities and “skill builder”
opportunities to help prepare students for college and career
opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics. Articles include:
Identifying Possible STEM Careers
Highest Pay in STEM
STEM Careers You Might Not Have Thought About
Individual Career Plans
Career Clusters and Pathways
Online Tools for Career Planning and Preparation
Getting Ready for College
Finding Job Opportunities
Managing Your Digital Dirt
Strategies for Networking
Career Myths and Realities
CareerTech Champions in Science
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Career Focus:
STEM Careers
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Career Focus: Health Careers, and Career Focus: After
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Your Guide to Planned Success in
Possible STEM
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800-654-4502 Strategies for
Career Myths
& Realities
You might not
Career Cluster Pathways
Essential Skills for Success
For a blank ICP that you can fill in, scroll down
to the bottom of the page at the link above.
Tools for
Planning &
Recruiter – a person who evaluates potential
employees and makes recommendations to the
Podcast – a digital file (audio or video) available on
the Internet that can be played or downloaded to a
personal computer or a mobile device (such as a smart
Blog – a website that enables a user to create and
update an online journal and allows readers to add
Career Information System - A customized online
system that includes career exploration, planning, and
decision-making tools
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A number of online tools can assist you in choosing a
career and finding a job:
• Salary calculators—These tools provide
What if you change your mind about your
career choice? Don’t worry! Simply revise your
plan so you can take the courses you need for
your new career choice.
information on salaries within specific geographic
locations and for specific career types. They are
useful when moving from one location to another
where the cost of living may be drastically different.
Career tests—These tools can help you determine
which career is a best fit for your skills and interests.
Skills training—Technology centers, colleges
and universities, and community or technical
colleges can help you obtain or improve specific
job-required skills. Many of them also offer courses
Advice and resources—These tools provide
information on current employment trends; sample
résumés, cover letters, and common interview
questions; and even advice on negotiating salary
and benefits.
Podcasts—Podcasts provide an opportunity for
recruiters to give résumé and job seeking tips. They
also enable employers to advertise positions and
provide information about their organizations.
Blogs—You can create your own job-search blog,
read company blogs, and join career-related blogs.
hat is an individual career plan
(ICP)? An ICP can work as a roadmap
to guide you as you work to reach
your career goals. To stay on track, you should
create a plan, then update your plan each year
you are in school. You can see sample plans
for each career cluster and career pathway at
Career Plans
Careers in STEM
Both of the pathways in the Science, Technology, Engineering, &
Mathematics Cluster offer a variety of career options. They require an understanding
of processes and the ability to apply skills related to science and math. STEM careers
require you to apply concepts of technology, math, and science to solve problems,
develop solutions, and create/design products and projects. Let's look at some of the
careers available in each pathway.
Engineering &
Aeronautical Engineer
Architectural Engineer
Civil Drafter
Automotive Engineer
Biochemical Engineer
Chemical Engineer
Construction Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Fuel Cell Engineer
Fuel Cell Technician
Marine Architect
Nanoscience Engineer
Photonics Engineer
Quality Technician
Surveying and Mapping Technician
Technical Writer
Wind Energy Engineer
Cost Estimator
Automotive Engineering Technician
Architecture Professor
Logistics Engineer
Fire Prevention and Protection Engineer
Materials Engineer
Science & Math
Bioinformatic Scientist
Computer Programmer
Nuclear Technician
Physical Scientist
Industrial Ecologist
Materials Scientist
Agricultural Technician
Atmospheric and Space Scientist
Life Scientist
Mathematical Technician
Research Technician
Lab Technician
Science Teacher
Math Teacher
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You can explore STEM careers in OKCIS! Visit and
enter the site using the "OK Residents" tab. Select your city
and enter your zip code. Once on the homepage, go to the
occupations tab at the top of the page and click "Career
Clusters" under "What can I learn about occupations?" Click
the "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics"
link. From there you can explore and compare different
STEM careers; and watch occupational videos.
CareerTech Champions
in Science, Technology, Eng
Abigail Jebaraj
An early interest in science and medicine leads Abigail Jebaraj to becoming a
State Officer and a pre-med student.
From the time she was a little girl, Abigail Jebaraj knew she wanted to be a
doctor. As she grew, she found medicine a fascinating and challenging field
and also noticed the interaction doctors had with patients as she job
shadowed in a free clinic. She observed a physcian in his early nineties who
still volunteered because he loved what he did as a doctor! She believed she
could find much satisfaction in solving patient's problems. As a homeschool
student, she enrolled at Francis Tuttle Technology Center (FTTC) in their
Biosciences and Medical Academy (BSMA). Biology had sparked her interest in
the sciences but Project Lead the Way Principles of Biomedical Science class
really encouraged her to continue the pursuit of a medical career. It provided
an in-depth look into the world of healthcare and the technology, science,
and logistics involved in a career in medicine. Other classes she took included
Biomedical Innovations, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, Pre-AP
Microbiology, AP Chemistry, Pre-AP Physics, AP Calculus and Pre-AP Anatomy
and Physiology. She says, "Thanks to BSMA, I was well-prepared for my
college courses and even got college credit for the AP Chemistry and AP
Calculus classes."
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Through BSMA, students become members in HOSA (Health Occupations
Students of America). Abigail became actively involved in her HOSA chapter
thanks to fellow students and instructors - so involved, she and her chapter
members formed a team to compete in the state CPR/First Aide competition
and won, which qualified the team for national competition. They placed in
the top ten! She also competed in Healthcare Issues competitions and became
active in leadership roles, serving as chapter secretary and president before
running for and being elected HOSA State President for 2011-2012. Abigail
says, "My HOSA experience helped me develop confidence, critical thinking
skills, and a better knowledge of myself and the healthcare field."
Today Abigail is attending the University of Oklahoma studying Planned
Program, which is a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on Pre-Med
studies. She is part of the Medical Humanities program which selects high
school students for provisional acceptance into OU medical school and is
minoring in medicine and music. She feels that though this may be
unconventional, it will give her a well-rounded perspective that will help her
relate to patients from many different backgrounds. Abigail is leaning toward
a career in emergency medicine, partially due to a job shadowing experience
she had as a student at FTTC. Her advice to other students is "pursue your
passion early and find a career that will allow you to continue doing what you
gineering, & Mathematics
Ricky Shriner
When cancer hit close to home, Ricky Shriner decided to hit back.
As a Bristow High School student, Ricky Shriner learned that his
grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer. So he enrolled in
the biomedical science program at Central Technology Center to
learn about chemistry that could help kill the disease. In the
program he learned about DNA structure, the chemical
composition of lipids and proteins and genetics; discovered career
fields related to his interests; and developed research skills through
class work, job shadowing, and assistantships.
Today, Ricky is a plant and biochemistry major at Oklahoma State
University. He is an undergraduate research assistant working on
DNA extractions from soil. After graduation, he hopes to enter the
medical field to develop medicine from plants to treat cancer.
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Austin Milton
Austin Milton races through straws and toothpicks to engineering.
Austin Milton was like many of the other middle school students
participating in a pre-engineering presentation by high school
students. Austin enjoyed building a structure out of straws and
toothpicks and decided to learn more about how things work. In
high school, he enrolled in pre-engineering classes at Tulsa
Technology Center (TTC) and learned how to use Computer Aided
Design software; developed an understanding of what each
discipline of engineering does; and learned how to study and
what to expect in higher level classes.
Austin’s hands-on experience at TTC prepared him for the
challenging curriculum that he faces at Oklahoma State University
where he majors in mechanical engineering. He is an active
member of the OK State Formula SAE Racing Team, building race
cars from the ground up. Austin would like to be an automotive
engineer designing suspension systems for a car manufacturer
after he graduates.
KNOW Where 
You’re GOING
And How to Get There!
• Identifying possible STEM careers
• Creating plans of study
• Defining your personal selling points
• Finding out about job opportunities
• Preparing for interviews
• Getting back to work
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