STEM Master’s programmes provide the opportunity for students to advance their knowledge and grow further as technologists/ scientists. Doing a Master’s will give students the necessary background and preparation for more advanced work in their fields.
Students, who decide to pursue a masters degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, will acquire deep analytical and problem solving abilities that will be highly valued at their future career path. STEM graduates also develop the type of analytical and numerical skills that are much valued by almost all employers and are well prepared for employment in a wide range of non-STEM fields. Post-graduates in STEM subjects support the economic growth by providing entrepreneurship, undertaking research and driving innovation and are crucial for securing future prosperity.
The course content depends on the specific discipline. In science, you can specialise, for example, in earth and environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, life sciences or science technology. Technology covers many fields in science, engineering, healthcare, and education. Engineering provides the link between scientific discoveries and their commercial applications. Engineers can specialise in a number of specific fields like aerospace, agricultural, bioengineering, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, nuclear, mining, software and others. Students interested in mathematics can chose to pursue a degree in actuarial science, mathematics or statistics. Healthcare education can be also included in the STEM subjects, and it involves allied health, medical technology, medicine, and nursing. All of the above mentioned STEM disciplines are just to give a general idea - each university offers specific Master’s degree programmes within the different STEM fields that include specialised courses giving in-depth knowledge and practical training in the particular subject.
Graduates in STEM subjects are in demand in the job market and have good long term career prospects. Surveys have shown that STEM graduates earn on average 30% more over their lifetime than graduates from other disciplines. STEM fields careers have the greatest potential for job growth in the coming years. However, more and more employers are reporting that they have difficulties in finding graduates with STEM skills. There are opportunities to work in practically all industries and in a range of different environments – from field work to manufacturing plants, from offices to laboratories, from schools to hospitals, from deep in the oceans to outer space. "Theworld of science and engineering isopen to everyone – and there is agreat variety of jobs, at all levels andin lots of surprising environments.There's no one type of scientist andno single type of engineering," says Diana Garnham, Chief Executive of the British Science Council. In 2010, there were 7.6 million STEM workers in the United States, representing about 1 in 18 workers, according to the latest available data by the U.S. Department of Commerce. STEM employment has been growing much faster than other jobs – it increased 7.9% from 2000 to 2010, while employment in non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% over the same period. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that STEM jobs will continue growing at a fast clip relative to other occupations – 17% between 2008-2018, compared to just 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations.