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Research guide for STEM.


Hello and welcome to the Southwest Texas Junior College STEM Libguide at Will C Miller Memorial Library.

This guide provides you with information and resources on STEM pathways, programs, and student organizations.

Quick Guide Summary

You'll find in this guide:

STEM Career Pathways - Degree plans that allow the attaining of an associate degree, a seamless transition to a 4-year university, attaining of a bachelors degree, and a path towards an intended career in a STEM discipline.

STEM Boot Camp -  A free math intense program designed for first-year students who will pursue a STEM Career Pathway.

STEM Summer Camp - A free STEM summer camp for elementary and middle school students where participants explore "What is STEM?" and engage in hands-on STEM activities.

STEM Club - Student organization that encourages undergraduate students, in particular, minorities and women to pursue research and careers in the sciences and engineering fields.

ASES - Information on the Associate of Science in Engineering Science degree program offered at SWTJC.

What is and why STEM?

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.


STEM students go to college:

  • Nearly three-quarters of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to just over one-third of non-STEM workers.¹

STEM jobs are increasing:

  • Employment in STEM occupations grew much faster than employment in non-STEM occupations over the last decade (24.4 percent versus 4.0 percent, respectively), and STEM occupations are projected to grow by 8.9 percent from 2014 to 2024, compared to 6.4 percent growth for nonSTEM occupations.¹

STEM workers make more money:

  • STEM workers command higher wages, earning 29 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts in 2015. This pay premium has increased since our previous report, which found a STEM wage advantage of 26 percent in 2010.¹
  • STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations. A STEM degree holder can expect an earnings premium of 12 percent over non-STEM degree holders, holding all other factors constant.¹

¹Noonan, Ryan. Office of the Chief Economist, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. (March 30, 2017). STEM Jobs: 2017 update (ESA Issue Brief # 02-17). Retrieved from

Preparing for a Career in STEM

The skills necessary to pursue a STEM career are important for every type of career. You can these STEM skills through your academic courses, work experience, interests, and hobbies.

STEM Academic Courses

Start by taking STEM classes in high school. Math is the most important STEM course that you can take. Take Calculus or get as close to Calculus ready while in high school. 

Here is a list of STEM courses that you may take:

Computer science
Environmental science

STEM Work Experience
Get involved with a community organization that uses budgets.
Work a part time at a job that requires math.
Become a youth mentor at a summer or after-school science program.

Pursue STEM Interests and Hobbies
Create your own video game.
Build your own computer.
Join a school organization such as the STEM Club.
Participate in the annual science fair.

STEM Outreach Coordinator

Oscar E. Gaytan
STEM Outreach Coordinator
(830) 591-7381


Considering STEM?

If you are considering attending SWTJC and want to talk about a potential STEM career, send me an e-mail or complete the short form provided at the link below. Let me know what your interests are, your math background, and any other related information. I will more than glad to help you get started!

STEM Career Info Request Form

Request a Presenter

If you'd like to request a STEM presentation at your school or organization, please contact me or complete the presenter request form provided at the link below.

STEM Presenter Request Form

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