About This Cluster
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers do scientific research in laboratories or the field. Others plan or design products and systems. Or, you might support scientists, mathematicians, or engineers as they do their work.
For example, you might oversee the construction of roads, develop systems to prevent diseases, or help engineers do research and read blueprints.
Skills and Interests
|Mathematics||Using mathematics to solve problems.|
|Reading Comprehension||Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.|
|Critical Thinking||Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.|
|Complex Problem Solving||Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.|
|Active Learning||Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.|
|Active Listening||Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.|
|Writing||Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.|
|Speaking||Talking to others to convey information effectively.|
|Science||Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.|
|Learning Strategies||Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.|
|Judgment and Decision Making||Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.|
|Systems Analysis||Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.|
|Systems Evaluation||Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.|
|Investigative||Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.|
|Conventional||Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.|
|Artistic||Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.|
Northern New York Community Foundation Scholarships
Applications for academic year 2020-2021 Freshman Scholarships will be accepted through Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Applications for academic year 2020-2021 Nontraditional Scholarships are accepted through Monday, June 1, 2020.
Since 1980, the Northern New York Community Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in scholarships to students from Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
The Community Foundation annually awards scholarships to:
- High school seniors for their freshman year in college or technical school. Full-time enrollment is required for a one-year award.
- High school juniors in St. Lawrence County who will plan to pursue careers in STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are encouraged to apply for a one-year award.
- Nontraditional students for any year of college or vocational, trade and technical school are also available. Part-time or full-time enrollment is required, and applicants must live in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence county. Applicants may reapply each year.
Scholarships, which can average up to $2,000, are available from three programs the Community Foundation administers:
- Northern New York Community Foundation Scholarships — Awarded to students in liberal arts.
- Herring College Memorial Scholarships — Awarded to students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related fields.
- Visiting Nurse Association Scholarships — Awarded to students in nursing and health-related fields.
The Community Foundation also stewards more than 300 restricted scholarships through funds that individual donors have established.
Nearly all of the occupations in this cluster typically require a bachelor’s or higher degree for entry. But specific designations also include, for example, an associate’s degree for occupations such as social science research assistants.
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES:
Local College / University Majors:
- Computer Science A.S. (Jefferson Community College)
- Engineering Science A.S. (Jefferson Community College)
- Mathematics A.S. (Jefferson Community College)
- Liberal Arts & Sciences – Mathematics & sciences A.S. – Science concentration (Jefferson Community College)
- Biochemistry (Syracuse University)
- Chemistry (Syracuse University)
- Environmental Sciences (Geology) (Syracuse University)
- Geography (Syracuse University)
- Mathematics (Syracuse University)
- Physics (Syracuse University)
- Computer Science (SUNY Potsdam)
- Environmental Studies (SUNY Potsdam)
- Biology (SUNY Potsdam)
- Applied Mathematical Economics (SUNY Oswego)
- Applied Statistics (minor) (SUNY Oswego)
- Electrical and Computer Engineering (SUNY Oswego)
- Earth Science Major (SUNY Brockport)
- Meteorology Major (SUNY Brockport)
- Environmental Science and Ecology (combined BS/MS degree) (SUNY Brockport)
- Physics (SUNY Brockport)
- Biomolecular Science (Clarkson)
- Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Clarkson)
- Computer Engineering (Clarkson)
- Electrical Engineering (Clarkson)
- Environmental Engineering (Clarkson)
- Mechanical Engineering (Clarkson)
- Environmental Biology (Cazenovia College)
- Biology (Cazenovia College)
- Biotechnology (Monroe Community College)
- Chemistry (Monroe Community College)
- Mechanical Technology (Monroe Community College)
Earnings and Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2 million jobs are assigned to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics cluster. Median annual wages for these occupations ranged from $38,310 for social science research assistants to $132,320 for petroleum engineers.
More than half of the projected job openings in occupations assigned to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics cluster are in the engineering and technology pathway. The occupation expected to have the most job openings in the cluster is mechanical engineers.
- Engineering and Technology
- Science and Mathematics