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Twenty years ago, few people thought about being an INFLUENCER or considered a career in content creation. This begs the question of what jobs and careers will look like 20 years from now. Below are five jobs in STEM that you may not have ever thought about but are certainly worth considering.

Drone Technician: Some people think of drones as really cool toys, which they are, but drones are expected to be used for much more in the future—from delivering packages to tracking storms and completing building safety inspections. People will be needed to develop, update and maintain these drones. 

Green Energy: As we work to rely less on fossil fuels, a finite resource, we are working to find sources of clean, renewable energy. Electric and solar energy have come a long way, but there is still much more to explore 

so scientists and engineers will be working on finding ways to harness these types of energy and make them widely available.

 Career Facts:

· Median salary of web developer: $69,430

· Predicted world population in 2050: 9.7 billion people

· One energy you’ve probably never thought of: algae biofuels

Web Development: Web developers create websites, from the code that runs the site to the graphics and special effects that make the site fun to look at. As more people use their cell phones to visit websites, web developers are responsible for making sure sites look good on phones as well as desktops.

Automated & Robot System Repair: We are all interacting more with automated systems, and this is only expected to increase in the future. Whether it’s ordering fast food or picking up a prescription, these systems will need to be created, maintained, and repaired by humans.

Food Production: Scientists are already working on modifying seeds to create seeds for farmers that are more resistant to disease and drought while improving the quality and yield of the crops. Vertical farming, which uses no soil and significantly less water, has gained popularity as well. As our global population increases and more people need to be fed using less resources, how we produce that food can certainly be aided by individuals working in STEM.

Edition: 
Phoenix
Tucson
Issue: 
January 2021