ASSOCIATE STEM DEGREE – Associate's degree programs enable you to develop a solid foundation of knowledge relating to a particular field. Some of the most commonly offered associate's degrees in STEM fields are those in computer science and information technology. Some of the careers available to graduates of these programs are computer support specialist positions as well as web developers and digital designers. As you develop more experience, you may be able to move into other careers with higher earnings and more responsibility. From a high school diploma or GED, it takes 1.5 to 2 years to complete an associate's degree.
BACHELOR STEM DEGREE – Bachelor's programs give you a deeper understanding of your area of study as well as related subjects that you may encounter in various positions. Bachelor's degrees are more commonly preferred in a lot of STEM fields. Some of the most common bachelor's programs within STEM are those in mathematics, information technology, and computer science. A degree in computer science or IT can open doors in careers such as a software developer, database administrator, computer network architect, or computer systems administrator. A bachelor's degree takes 3-4 years from high school to earn.
MASTER STEM DEGREE – Master's degrees are graduate degrees that take around 1.5 to 2 years to obtain after completing a bachelor's degree. They provide you with a more concentrated and in-depth understanding of specific subject areas. Common STEM degrees at the master's level include those in information technology and data analytics. Earning a master's degree in one of these fields can help you to meet the requirements for higher-level positions as well as work as a computer and information research scientist. Some medical-focused STEM careers also require a master's. For example, if you would like to become a nurse practitioner, then you would need to (ultimately) earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
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Francisco Torres Diaz
As you know, STEM covers a lot of fields in science, math, engineering, and tech. Therefore, salary ranges are pretty different from one profession to the other. Even within one single field, depending on your concentration or field of study you will see differences. Personally, I can speak to engineering salaries. An average mechanical, manufacturing, industrial, or similar engineer can expect $60K-$70K salary as an entry level student. Depending on the geographic area and the company this may shift up or down, but that is a good average range expectation. Over time you can definitely increase your salary via promotions, merit increases, or simply by moving upward in the company which can lead to six-figure salaries.
Sorry I can give you a definite answer for all STEM, but you can also do some research online for specific fields and find the salary ranges in different areas and states. Hope this helps.
Tiffanie Rand (Lampasona), CDR, CIR
Great question! There are a lot of fields in STEM you can enter and the location you work in as well makes a difference. I can say that in the Washington DC Metro area and most places in the US with an Engineering degree you can leave college making 90k+ If you have an internship in school you may be able to start at 100k+.
Here is a really great list of salaries for engineering degrees:
Good question as STEM has wide-ranging scope so the salary range also varies which part of STEM you are talking about.
From Engineering and Project Management standpoint you can look for starting range between 50+K to 70+ as a fresher and then you can grow up the ladder.