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What does your future look like? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Those are overwhelming questions when you aren't even out of high school. The amazing part is that there are so many career options available to women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields, commonly referred to as STEM. Even better, many of these career choices offer good salaries. For instance $59,000 was the average salary for mathematics and computer scientists in 2005; life, physical, and social scientists and technicians average around $50,000 a year and engineers and engineering technicians average $57,000.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the ten occupations with the highest median weekly earnings among women who worked full-time in 2005 were:

  1. Pharmacist $1483
  2. Chief executives $1413
  3. Lawyers $1354
  4. Computer software engineers $1174
  5. Physicians and surgeons $1134
  6. Computer & information systems managers $1094
  7. Medical & health services managers $1026
  8. Computer programers $1014
  9. Physical therapists $1014
  10. Human Resource Managers $998

Souce: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For more information you can check out the " Science and Technologies Salaries: Trends and Details, 1995-2005" report. Also the Bureau of Labor Statistics has great career information.

Take a look at some specific career choices in each of the STEM fields.

Science Careers

There is no way you can be bored when looking at all the career possibilities in the science field. There are so many areas: life sciences (botany, microbiology, zoology, biotechnology), molecular (more often called physical sciences) sciences (chemistry, genetics (biological science), biochemistry, physics, physical sciences (marine biology (life science), astronomy, geology, health sciences (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractor, nursing) and on and on. Begin your career exploration with these websites:

Technology Careers

The demand for information technology jobs is increasing. IT careers can be found in a variety of fields and areas: computer programming, database design, gaming, web design, web content creation, digital media, enterprise systems analysis and integration, network design and administration, technical support and technical writing are only a few of the many career choices available to talented young women, such as you! The National Center for Emerging Technologies has a CyberCareers resource site that allows you to explore the various areas of IT jobs. Be sure to check out the IT Careers Interest Inventory.

Engineering Careers

Do you like to envision, create, and build structures of all kinds that change the way we work, live or interact? Do you wonder what it would be like to be an Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Automotive Engineer, Biological Engineer, Ceramic Engineer, Chemical, Civil, Environmental or Electrical Engineer? Did you know there were Fire Protection, HVAC, Industrial, Manufacturing, Materials and Metallurgy, Mechanical, Minerals, and Materials, Nuclear, Ocean, Optical, Sports, and Survey Engineers? To learn more about engineering careers, visit Explore Engineering: The Career with Options.

Math Careers

Have you ever told yourself that you weren't good at math or said that you hated math. Well, believe it or not, there are some really great people out there who have felt the same way:

"Before I got into math, I dabbled around with being a graphic designer. I didn't even like math when I was in school. In fact, I hated it and thought I was terrible at it! It wasn't until I had to take math in college that I found out I was good at it AND that it was FUN!"

said Karen who is the Creator, President, Chief Executive Officer of Coolmath.com Inc. Karen turned her love of math into a great website. Go to the "math sites for ages 13-100" and check out careers in math and while you are on her website play some of the really fun math games to sharpen your skills and impress your friends (and maybe even your teachers!)