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What are some of the lesser known career paths in STEM?

Updated: Jul 15

Author: Amrita Shenoy


Have you asked your child about what he/she wants to do in life?

Well, I talked to about ten pre-teenagers, a lot of them told me that they want to become gamers, singers and even scientists. But then I asked them about being graphic designers or software analysts. But more than 65% had no idea what these meant.


What are the popular STEM subjects?

Most teenagers know about cybersecurity and software engineering. According to EDC, there are about 23 million software engineers worldwide. Most students are also pretty familiar with streams that include pure sciences that deal with the study of natural phenomenons through observations and research.


Here are some of the lesser known yet fascinating STEM careers you need to read up on:


Patent attorney

A patent attorney is a member of a unique legal profession - a lawyer, who is qualified to advise clients about patents (and usually other intellectual property rights) and who assists them in obtaining patents granted by patent offices around the world.


Required Skillset

  • Good communication skills and attention to detail

  • A good connection between STEM and law

  • Ability to work with tight schedules








Ethical hacking

A white-hat hacker is an ethical computer hacker or a computer security expert. He specializes in penetration testing and other testing methods that help in securing a company’s database.


Required Skillset

  • Information technology

  • Experience in network security

  • Knowledge of operating systems







Cryptozoology


A cryptozoologist aims to prove the existence of mythical creatures from various tales that include Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster (cryptids). This is considered a pseudoscience and subculture.



Required Skillset