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Science, Technology, Mathematics & Engineering (STEM)

The rigorous Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM) programs at NJ county vocational-technical schools give high school students the tools they need to jump-start careers in all sectors of the 21st century economy.

Many of our schools offer specialized programs and career academies that enable talented high school students to pursue college-level STEM studies and prepare for science- and technology-driven careers in a wide range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, life sciences, and utilities. Many STEM careers are in fields related to computer and information technology.

Thanks to partnerships with cutting-edge research companies and colleges and universities, students experience real-world internships and earn college credits – and in some programs, associate’s degrees – while still in high school. These experiences expose students to new technologies and emerging career opportunities, and accelerate their preparation to enter rapidly expanding job markets, especially in tech.


  • Median wages of STEM careers in 2020 more than doubled those in non-STEM occupations
  • Growth expected at more than two times the rate of other occupations
  • Transferable skills to boost success in any industry
  • Opportunities to stand out, following a White House report noting only 20% of high school grads are ready for the rigors of STEM majors in college

Take a closer look at Engineering:

Union County students assemble a robot as a project.
Burlington County engineering students assemble a project on the floor.

Fields in this constantly evolving and expanding sector include:

Artificial intelligence and machine learning


Biotechnology and life sciences

Data science and mathematics

Engineering (aeronautical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical)

Environmental and climate science

Health Sciences

Information Technology

Quantum and nuclear physics

Renewable energy and sustainability

Robotics and automation

For Students And Parents:

To see what STEM programs your county vocational-technical school offers, find your school.

For More Information About Careers In Science, Technology, Mathematics & Engineering (STEM):

O*Net OnLine has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

STEM Careers Coalition profiles engineers, technicians, and researchers in a variety of interesting STEM jobs.

View videos on career pathways in STEM:

From US Department of Labor Career One-Stop:

From Working Nation on data scientists:

Science, Technology, Mathematics & Engineering (STEM) News

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