STEM Jobs of the Future: Science

Science is part three in a new series on STEM jobs of the future, by Ashley Pereira and Jacqui Schlesinger. Read part one, on technology jobs, and part two, on engineering jobs.

Scientists play a crucial role in society. As we learn more about the complexities of life, the need for scientists to explore our world grows exponentially. Almost 70,000 new science jobs are expected by 2029. Read on. Exciting new opportunities await in science!

Hyperloop developer

Can you imagine traveling faster than an airplane — without ever leaving the ground? Originally conceived by Elon Musk of Tesla, many counties across the globe have adopted working hyperloop technology.

Hyperloop developers will design portals, stations, tracks and the hyperloop vehicles themselves. Using physics and mathematics, hyperloop developers will model hyperloop pods and movements, calculate fuel needs and more to ensure efficient operation. A career in hyperloop development may require extensive study in physics, mathematics and computer modeling. Earn an annual salary of $122,220.

Telehealth surgeon

A patient in Dallas, Texas, needs emergency surgery to remove an aneurysm. It is a dangerous procedure — one of the highest risk emergency surgeries. Within moments, the world’s leading specialist logs onto her computer, in New York City, and begins to operate. Telehealth surgery made possible using augmented reality (AR) and robotic technology. After four hours, the surgery is a success.

Virtual doctor visits became increasingly popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As technology evolves to allow remote control of robots and other devices, doctors and surgeons can save lives without ever meeting them. Telehealth surgeons must graduate from medical school and complete a residency. Earn $208,000 or more.

Asteroid miner

Is there gold in asteroids? No one knows for sure, but maybe! As an asteroid miner, study the geology of asteroids, analyze rock and soil samples from across the solar system, and discover new minerals on extraterrestrial objects. You might even get to travel to an asteroid to collect samples.

If you dream of exploring beyond the limits of Earth’s atmosphere, asteroid mining might be for you. Ready to start your scientific research beyond the clouds? All you need is a bachelor’s degree in a field like mining. Earn $91,160 per year.

Water access scientist

Even in today’s modern society, one in three people worldwide does not have access to safe drinking water. Solving this problem is the focus of A water access scientist will find new ways to provide water to isolated communities — developing research, new technologies and sustainable design.

Water access scientists must understand how to extract and transport water to those in need. Scientists travel to complete site analyses and designs. A water access scientist will need a bachelor’s degree in a field like hydrology or environmental science, Earn $71,360 per year.

Scientists stand at the forefront of exploration and innovation. Do you have what it takes to lead us into the future? Become a scientist!

Jacqui Schlesinger is passionate about STEM education and career development. As a rising high school junior in the Boston area, she is involved with several organizations including Career In STEM, The Math Club of Lexington, her school’s STEM Education Club, and the Masshire MNWB Youth Committee. She also enjoys playing tennis, writing and exploring nature.

Ashley Pereira is a former middle and high school science teacher, and owner of Career In STEM. She creates engaging STEM career exploration resources to prepare middle school students to succeed in future STEM careers.