STEM Career: STEM Teacher
Every great student requires a great teacher. The fields about which we have written, and the fields about which we will continue to write, all encourage students to begin taking STEM courses in high school. These STEM courses need good teachers to teach them. If learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is what you want to do in college, and then you want to pass that knowledge on to future generations, consider becoming a STEM teacher.
To become a STEM teacher, first major in something you love in college: perhaps physics, mathematics, computer science. Engineers, such as chemical, civil, mechanical engineers also often have the background to teach high school STEM courses. After college, many states require a teaching certificate, or a Master of Education, to become a teacher. These postgraduate degrees will help you to become a better teacher as you instruct future generations.
Students interested in becoming a teacher can look forward to an average annual salary of $53,230. However that number does improve for teachers with a master’s degree. It is also important to remember that many teachers, just like their students, receive a two month summer vacation. There is some growth expected from 2010 to 2020: a growth of 7 percent, or an increase of 72,000 jobs.