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STEM Occupational Pathway

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Occupational Pathway

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers provide thousands of career opportunities for students with an interest in math, science, and problem-solving. This Youth Apprenticeship occupational area focuses on two pathways:

Students who pursue one of these careers will be involved in planning, managing, and providing valuable scientific research and technical services.

STEM Pathways

Students can choose from two occupational areas with options to specific pathways.

Engineering and Technology Pathway

In the engineering and technology pathway, students' study and apply principles of science and math to solve problems in engineering projects involving design, development, or production in various technologies. There are three areas to choose from:

Science and Math Pathway

Careers in the science and math pathway apply essential math and science content in a real-world application to increase knowledge in physical, environmental, and human endeavors.


Engineering and Technology Pathway

  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Application Engineer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biotechnology Engineer
  • CAD Technician
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Communications Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Technician
  • Geothermal Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Marine Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Mining Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Product/Process Engineer
  • Survey Technician
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technology and Engineering Teacher
  • Transportation Engineer

Science and Math Pathway

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Anthropologist
  • Applied Mathematician
  • Archeologist
  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Economist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Math Teacher
  • Mathematician
  • Meteorologist
  • Nano biologist
  • Nuclear Chemist/Technician
  • Physicist
  • Programmer
  • Quality-Control Scientist
  • Research Technician
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Zoologist

Average Wage

Below are some examples of career wages in each pathway. Visit the Occupational Employer Statistics page to find average wages for a specific occupation not listed.

Aerospace Engineers: Average $85,880
Anthropologists and Archeologists: Average $55,720
Biomedical Engineers: Average $71,750
Chemists: Average $71,690
Civil Engineers: Average $78,660
Environmental Scientists: Average $61,030

Related Classes

The Department of Workforce Development recommends taking the following courses:

Classroom instruction maybe offered by qualified instructors within the school district, at another school district, a Wisconsin Technical College, a University, through virtual/online learning, and/or by the employer.

This list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the types of classes a student needs to take for success in this field. Regional Coordinators can help with finding courses that are best for the chosen pathway and will inform students on the related instruction for each pathway. DWD also recommends outside activities/clubs for an enhanced experience such as:

Getting Started

Get started by talking to a school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator, or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study). Contact DWD Youth Apprenticeship Staff for general or statewide program information.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Occupational Pathway