October 2016 Economy at a Glance: STEM Jobs in Montana

At all levels of schooling, students face difficult decisions choosing courses or even a field of study. Balancing personal interests and abilities with career opportunities is a difficult task. This balancing act can be particularly daunting for students and workers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields. Jobs that utilize STEM skills have benefits like higher pay and broad opportunity that make them appealing. While some have interests in math and the sciences, others may need the added encouragement that high wages provide to pursue higher education in these fields. This article reports on the current level of STEM employment in Montana and characterizes STEM jobs in a way that allows students and job seekers to determine whether STEM is right for them.

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