The Diwou team often get asked if we can explain what STEM is and if the field of Biotechnology forms part of this. So we have prepared this quick answer for our readers.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These four fields all share an emphasis on innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking and make up a popular & fast-growing industry.
STEM workers use their knowledge in their field to understand how the world works and to solve problems. Most STEM workers use computers and other cutting edge technology in their jobs; they also rely on the established scientific methods to test various hypotheses and theories.
What Are STEM Fields?
STEM comprises the following major areas of study:
- Natural, physical, and life sciences, including medicine and biotechnology
- Computer, electronics, and other technology-related disciplines
- All types of engineering
- Mathematics, or any field involving a heavy application of mathematical principles
What Is A STEM Major?
A STEM major is any college major that specializes in a recognized STEM field. This is a general term and it should be noted that some universities may differ in their definitions of what areas of study constitute a STEM major.
Most undergraduate STEM programs culminate in a bachelor of science degree, though others may lead to a bachelor of applied science or a bachelor of engineering. Students commonly take many of the same courses in fields such as biology, chemistry, calculus, statistics, and engineering, regardless of their major.
Compared with other college majors, STEM degrees tend to be more demanding in terms of the amount of time students spend completing assignments and preparing for classes each week. However, graduates are remunerated well for their efforts and are in demand.
Are STEM Jobs In Demand?
The Diwou team contacted international specialist STEM recruitment agencies and found that the supply of available STEM candidates is simply not keeping up with the flood of STEM jobs being created or becoming vacant across the globe.
Gavin Speirs, CEO of Solutions Driven said this when contacted by Diwou, “The STEM sector is currently booming and the demand for top talent in this area is greater post-covid than ever before. From science to engineering, companies are continually growing and innovating and there’s huge competition to get the best people to help them achieve this.”
Seventy-five percent of the fastest growing occupations in the US and UK workforce today require significant mathematics or science skills and market sources Diwou spoke to said this is not going to change anytime soon.
To learn more about what STEM careers are in high demand visit this very good Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education article on it.
STEM Recruitment In 2021
Diwou contacted a number of industry participants working in a range of STEM industries including life sciences and computer engineering to get their thoughts.
“The single theme that was constant from all spoken to is STEM talent is in extremely high demand”
Global unemployment has been well reported across media outlets, but the STEM job market appears to be relatively healthy given the current situation. 85% of all spoken to noted that they were actively hiring right now, especially experienced candidates in their field.
Particularly biotechnology and life sciences as the hardest to recruit for right now with the escalating global Covid-19 pandemic being blamed as a contributing factor with these jobs being what the world needs right now. STEM is providing the answers to the planet’s biggest health challenges right now.
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