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How a STEM Education Will Help Launch Your Manufacturing Career

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At its core, a STEM education is the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This relatively new curriculum aims to improve student proficiencies in specific technology-related fields.  High-growth industries within manufacturing such as IIoT, robotics, automation, and 3D printing require STEM educated professionals—and the demand for these roles is continuing to expand as technology evolves. 

STEM careers have grown three times more than any other field in the last decade. A recent analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a strong growth in STEM fields, specifically: 

  • Epidemiologists
  • Medical scientists
  • Biochemists
  • Biophysicists
  • Biological technicians

For those looking to launch a career in manufacturing or related fields, a STEM education can provide many advantages. Here’s a closer look at how these advantages can help advance your career. 

STEM Can Help Maximize Student Potential

A STEM education can benefit students headed down any career path. More industries than ever before are adopting new technologies and investing in in-house capabilities that require skilled workers. STEM prepares students to understand the workings of new technology and adds invaluable enhancements to the education system. 

By introducing STEM, educators can open the doors to potential manufacturing careers for students early on and help them gain the experience they need to plan for future occupations. 

Build Leadership and Problem Solving Skills

STEM skills are critical not only in manufacturing careers, but in everyday life as well. STEM teaches students general problem solving skills and how to take on difficult challenges. Whether it be solving math problems or learning to code, students are led to develop creative solutions and learn from their failures. 

Additionally, building leadership skills through group work and problem solving prepares students for success in their future fields. Launching a career in manufacturing requires a specific discipline and the ability to develop solutions both individually and within a team. 

Create New Career Opportunities

A STEM background creates greater mobility when it comes to employment, especially as industries incorporate greater technological advancements. Building STEM skills expands the window of career opportunity in the job market. Many companies also offer supplemental enhancements to one’s STEM education through onsite or online training based on job requirements. Apple Rubber offers a free, online certification known as Apple Rubber Academy, through which professionals can gain expertise on rubber materials, sealing best practices, and engineering quality. Building STEM skills can open the door to a wider range of career opportunities and future pathways within manufacturing. 

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