Career Stories

STEM Careers

STEM careers are the fastest growing fields in the country. In the coming years, it is estimated that more than one million graduates will be needed to fill job openings in STEM related fields. They are going to build our cities, cure diseases, explore outer space, and invent the next generation of technologies. Basically, STEM grads are going to improve lives all over the world, especially their own.

What does that mean for you?

It means that students with a background in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are going to be in high demand; THREE TIMES more sought after than their peers in different areas of study.

It means that there are going to be tons of rewarding careers waiting for STEM graduates. It means those graduates will have countless options of where their future will take them.

And you don’t need a master’s degree to reap the benefits. People with an associate’s degree (2-year) and a job in a STEM-related field make more money than people with a bachelor’s degree and a job in a field not related to STEM.

Just take a look at some of the fascinating things people are doing with STEM careers. Learn more about STEM Careers and stories with CanTEEN Girl.

Learn about the Carnegie Science Awards

Each year, Carnegie Science Center honors a select number of deserving organizations and individuals in our region – researchers, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators. Their stories showcase our region's excellence and inspire the science and technology leaders of tomorrow. Carnegie Science Awards have honored the accomplishments of more than 500 individuals and organizations whose contributions in the fields of science, technology, and education have impacted our region’s industrial, academic, and environmental vitality. In addition to scientific leaders in our community, the Carnegie Science Awards program seeks to recognize outstanding leaders in STEM education whose commitment to innovative and engaging teaching methods will help to inspire the next generation of scientists. Learn more about today’s leaders in technology.

Mike Hennessy vividly remembers “geeking out” in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Benedum Hall of Geology as a kid, and catching his first glimpse of the immense, decades-old electrical transformer inside Carnegie Science Center’s Works Theater. “I remember waiting in line, turning the corner, and the amazing reveal of that Tesla Coil!” he recounts, kind of wistfully.

Robert Marshall has stars in his eyes just about all the time. He began working at the Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium in 2006, initially part-time while earning his engineering degree at the University of Pittsburgh. And sometime between then and now, the 25-year-old dynamo fell hard for science—particularly astronomy.

Nina Marie Barbuto is keenly sensitive to how the environment shapes learning and creativity. After studying architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, the Aliquippa native moved to Los Angeles, earning a master’s degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Brendan Mullan explores innovative ways to communicate astronomy to the public and inspire a new generation of scientists. He won the 2012 U.S. FameLab competition and is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Penn State. He is currently the Director of the Buhl Planetarium and Observatory at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.