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Career Clusters:

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)


If you’re eager to be at the vanguard of 21st century technology innovation and problem solving, you will find plenty to keep you captivated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Cluster.

This career cluster is organized into two career pathways:

  • Engineering and technology
  • Science and math


Careers


Students in STEM classes learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Biologist or microbiologist
  • Chemist
  • Biochemist or biophysicist
  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Engineer: Aerospace, industrial, biotechnology, chemical, marine, materials, civil, petroleum
  • Engineering manager
  • Atmospheric or space scientist
  • Geoscientist or materials scientist
  • Surveying and mapping technician
  • Hydrologist
  • Architect
  • Naval architect
  • Architectural or civil drafter
  •  Materials lab and supply technician
  • Quality technician
  • Nuclear equipment operation or monitoring technicians
  • Technical writer
  • Post-secondary education vocational teacher
Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.


Career and Technical Student Organizations


Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.

The student organizations for science, technology, engineering and math are:


Education After High School


It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.

After taking CTE classes in science, technology, engineering and math, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:

  • A two-year college degree in pre-engineering, integrated mathematics, integrated technology or integrated science
  • A four-year college degree in engineering, microbiology, biotechnology, bio-engineering, applied technology, architecture, civil engineering, applied mathematics or other integrated subjects

Student Resources


Middle and High School

For information about your district’s CTE offerings and how to move forward with planning for your future, contact or visit:

  • Preparing for your future: Why CTE?
  • Your school career or guidance counselor
  • Your principal or school district Career and Technical Education office
  • Career and Technical Education - Washington
    (360) 725-6245
    careerandcollegeready@k12.wa.us
    www.careerandcollegeready.com
  • Navigation 101: A life skills and planning program for students in grades 6 through 12 to help them make clear, creative plans for their education and training in high school and beyond

Apprenticeship and College

More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:

Additional Resources

For Educators

Forms and Standards

+ CIP Codes
    Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.

    CIP Codes for this cluster:
  • 030198
  • 140102
  • 141001
  • 141801
  • 148888
  • 149991
  • 149992
  • 149993
  • 149994
  • 149995
  • 149996
  • 149997
  • 149998
  • 150201
  • 150406
  • 150801
  • 151201
  • 151301
  • 151302
  • 158888
  • 210198
  • 218888
  • 270301
  • 279991
  • 400891
  • 401099
  • Comprehensive CIP Code Chart

For more information about this career cluster and for specific framework examples:
Betty Klattenhoff
CTE Director
Washington State
(360) 725-6243


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States’ Career Clusters Initiative

The Career Clusters icons are being used with permission of the: States’ Career Clusters Initiative, 2009, www.careerclusters.org

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