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A Huge List of STEAM Careers To Get Your Elementary Students Excited About Science & STEAM

A Huge List of STEAM Careers To Get Your Elementary Students Excited About Science & STEAM

We often talk about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with our elementary school students. It’s not too early to get them thinking about future careers. STEM provides students with career-launching skills that allow them to be flexible, persistent, data-driven, creative, and team-oriented.

While recruiters seek the next generation of students who can bring STEM skills as the solution, they are looking for something more. We should be talking about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), too.

What do STEAM skills do for students?

STEAM helps students develop soft skills. These talents and abilities give the next generation of leaders an edge in the workforce. From computational thinking and critical thinking to communication and leadership, these skills set students up for success in STEAM jobs.

Computational thinking is one of the strongest skills our STEAM-educated students can bring to the table. The four-part process teaches students how to take complex, complicated problems and develop step-by-step solutions. These are essential skills for the jobs of the future! Students move through decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithms. Your elementary students can do this, too. Now is the time to create moments to show computational thinking in action, and start the conversations about their future careers.

One of the best ways to get your students thinking about their future careers is by allowing them to see people thriving in the STEAM field. Invite guest speakers to talk about their careers — and how they found their passion to facilitate career awareness and exploration. Provide time for a question-and-answer session, so students see how every part of STEAM shows up at work. It looks different for each career, which can be exciting for students.

Do STEAM jobs exist in all areas??

Oh, yes — there are plenty. We’re just not talking about these opportunities enough. As we discuss future careers with our elementary school students, we should remind them of the many STEAM jobs that exist. Bringing in speakers can also open other doors for career exploration in elementary schools, including future apprenticeships and internships. One of the best ways to discover a passion — or rule one out — is to try it. Encourage your students to explore STEAM jobs early. These career awareness opportunities are not just for students in higher education.

Below is a starting STEAM jobs list. We encourage you to share these possibilities with students when discussing future careers. As you walk through the options, challenge your students to find how they could use the “A” in these careers. The creative exercise allows students to remove the rigid view of what an “arts job” looks like in today’s workforce and focus on the jobs of the future.

Aerospace Engineer

Animal Scientist


Anthropologist and Archeologist



Business Intelligence Analyst


Computer Programmer

Conservation Scientist

Exercise Physiologist

Fashion Designer

Forensic Scientist

Graphic Designer

Mechanical & Civil Engineer

Music Therapist

Nurse Practitioner



Political Scientist

Product Designer

Robotics Technician

Sales Engineer

Sound Engineer

Transportation Engineer

Video Game Designer

Web and Digital Interface Designer

Website/App Designer

Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist