There are many unique paths to fulfilling STEM professions. Programming across Iowa is encouraging young students to engage in STEM education and discover pathways suited to their interests and passions. More than 11,000 STEM jobs are currently vacant in Iowa, which require different skills and education levels. Between 2012-2013 to 2016-2017, Iowa saw a 2 percent increase in STEM academic credentials at 2-year community colleges and a 26 percent increase at four year public colleges respectively. These numbers are expected to rise in the coming years.
The following three Iowans were featured in the 2019 STEM Gem poster series, which shares their pursuits of careers in STEM and where their journeys began.
Imani began studying aerospace engineering at Iowa State University after participating in the aviation program at the Des Moines International Airport in high school. He has had the opportunity to work in the Connected Aircraft Innovation Lab at Collins Aerospace where he gains hands-on experience he can also apply inside the classroom. Read more about Imani here.
Jennifer’s love for STEM is rooted in her history of equestrian riding. She is currently studying animal science at Hawkeye Community College and plans to continue her education at Iowa State University. To Jennifer, STEM is important in understanding the relationship between the horse and rider. Learn more about Jennifer’s STEM path.
After watching his older brother pursue a career in engineering, Isaac was fascinated by learning about how things work. He is currently studying nursing at Southwestern Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Iowa to continue studying nursing. Isaac’s favorite part about working in a STEM related field is the opportunities for growth and different paths a STEM career provides. Visit Isaac’s STEM GEM to learn more about the path he chose to pursue his STEM career.
In today’s technology-driven work environment, nearly every job has a STEM component. In fact, STEM graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs and provide a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth in Iowa.