STEM jobs in the Department of Energy are solving global issues. STEM professionals are reducing carbon emissions, cleaning water sources, fighting pollution, creating systems to recycle solar panels and plastics, fueling rovers to Mars, and much, much more. 

We've created a new infographic for you to share with students in your life who are considering how they want to impact the world and make a career move that will make a difference.

Infographic from STEM Rising about jobs in STEM
Infographic from STEM Rising about jobs in STEM
Stephanie Hatchett, U.S. Department of Energy

*Note: Please view on Chrome or Firefox browser to see the graphic. 

Some key stats: 

  • In 2015, there were 9 million STEM workers in the United States. About 6.1 percent of all workers were in STEM occupations at that time -- and just five years earlier, in 2010, only 5.5 percent of all workers were in STEM. 
  • Now, in 2020, there's an estimated 17.3 million STEM jobs in the United States. STEM jobs are clearly on the rise.
  • Energy is key to that growth. The energy sector outperformed the rest of the economy in job creation, employing 6.8 million people and adding over 26,000 jobs in 2019.
  • Solar photovoltaic installers and wind turbine technicians are predicted by experts to be the top two fastest-growing occupations through 2028.

People in STEM report high job satisfaction, and STEM jobs provide well-paying salaries, even at entry levels of the workforce. See our sources on our infographic above.

In short, STEM jobs are a smart career choice to benefit your bottom line and the environment's bottom line. Learn more at STEM Rising:

AnneMarie Horowitz
AnneMarie Horowitz is the Chief of Staff for the Arctic Energy Office.
more by this author