Careers in STEM Fields

Excellent opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

“Almost all of our students find jobs as soon as they graduate, and sometimes even before graduation, with starting salaries approaching $50,000. So they pay maybe $15,000 for a two-year associate degree, and get a job that pays $50,000. If people understood how good a deal this is, they’d be beating down our door!”

Prof. Joe Cunningham, Dept. Chair, Industrial Design, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Robotics and Automation Engineering Technologies

NHTI student works in CISCO labGet your start here, in fields that drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness—and can put you on a professionally exciting and financially rewarding career path! NHTI offers a wide selection of programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) that can put you on the road to higher-than-average earnings with a strong outlook for future employment.

Female NHTI student in microbiology lab

In 2015, there were 9 million STEM workers in the United States. Employment in STEM occupations grew much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations over the last decade: 24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent respectively.  And STEM occupations are expected to grow another 8.9 percent through 2024.1

NHTI student works in CISCO lab

STEM careers are strong in New Hampshire as well. Many people do not realize that manufacturing -- and especially "smart" manufacturing, using advanced technology and skilled labor -- is New Hampshire's top industry, accounting for 18% of economic activity in 2013.2

STEM workers also earn more, from 30-70% more than their non-STEM peers, even when their peers have similar levels of education. (See the table below.)

Hourly Earnings in STEM Occupations 20151
  Average hourly earnings Difference
Level of Education STEM Non-STEM Dollars Percent
High school diploma or less $27.53 $16.21 $11.32 69.8%
Some college or associate degree $30.79 $19.09 $11.70 61.3%
Bachelor's degree only $39.28 $28.43 $10.94 38.6%
Graduate degree $45.37 $35.16 $10.21 29.0%

1Stem Jobs: 2017 Update, U.S. Dept of Commerce.

2Policy Notes: An overview of trends in New Hampshire's economy. NH Center for Public Policy Studies, December 2014.



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