4 Unconventional Career Paths for STEM Students

by The Candy Staff   |  Aug 26, 2021
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Pursuing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand in senior high school or taking up a STEM-related course in college can be daunting for many students. Some use the STEM track to jumpstart their careers in fields like science, medicine, information technology, and other in-demand professions. During the pandemic, STEM-related jobs are particularly growing in popularity among employers, especially in the medical field and IT industry. 

But aside from these commonly known career paths, there are also less traditional callings that a strong foundation in STEM would be useful in, many of which allow students to simultaneously employ a substantial amount of creativity (something not many people believe is actually essential in STEM). If you're hoping to explore your options for future career paths to explore, here are a few unpopular careers a STEM student could pursue:

Medical Illustrator

If you’re a STEM student with a knack for art, you can lend your talent to the medical industry by becoming a medical illustrator. A medical illustrator is an artist who specializes in visualizing important medical or scientific information into imagery that’s accurate and educational. As a medical illustrator, your work can be used in the medical books that guide and inform future doctors, nurses, specialists, and other essential fields. You won’t only rely on artistic skills and an in-depth knowledge of multimedia softwares alone, however, because mastery in relevant scientific or medical information is required as well.


Video Game Programmer

If you’re someone who not only enjoys playing video games but also appreciates how the entire gameplay came to fruition, then you might be suited to lead the game programmer life. Essentially, creating an entire video game requires a team of various specialists, from designers to programmers. Game programmers are the ones responsible for bringing a video game to life through programming languages and codes. A background in software engineering, programming, and even game design is needed in this field. Other important expertise in this line of work includes analytical and problem solving skills, and, believe it or not, a little bit of math know-how.

Forensic Pathologist

Ever watched your favorite forensics crime drama and secretly wanted to pursue a career down that path? If you’re on track to pursue medicine but are looking for something less conventional to pursue, a forensic pathologist is one option to take. Forensic pathologists are physicians specifically trained to assess the crime scene and do a preliminary investigation to determine the cause of death and even the identity of a victim, among other necessary endeavors in solving crimes. They are required to be experts in various sciences, including but not limited to toxicology, anatomy, DNA technology, and wound ballistics.

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App Developer

If you're dreaming of creating the next Facebook or TikTok, perhaps a career as an app developer is on the horizon. App developers need to be adept in creating apps suited for various operating systems. Aside from making them, they are also responsible for testing, programming, and designing the apps. Aside from knowing the usual programming languages needed to bring these apps to life, you'll also require a knack for troubleshooting. It also helps to have a good grasp of what your intended market's needs are to be able to craft an app that can make a difference (the good kind, hopefully!).


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