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8 STEM Careers for Non-Techies

What do accountants, geographers and dieticians have in common? They’re all STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics — career fields. STEM careers vary in public and private sectors, but there is a disproportionate focus on technology careers. Despite the growing need for technology professionals, you’ll find a great need for professionals in other STEM areas. Below is a list of profitable career opportunities to explore in STEM — no coding required.


Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. Using software tools and their knowledge of statistics, actuaries can minimize the financial risk of potential future payments.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $111,030
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth for actuaries – 24% from 2020 to 2030

Actuary positions need at least a bachelor’s degree, typically in math or another analytical field. Learn more about the B.S. in Business – Financial Management.

Civil Engineer

The cities and towns were once only blueprints on paper. Civil engineers are the creators of these blueprints. These experts of human expansion design roadways, parks, public works, and much more to ensure that people can live fulfilling and safe lives.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $88,570
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth for civil engineers – 8% from 2020 to 2030

Civil engineering positions need a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is usually required for promotion to senior positions. Explore the M.A. in Organizational Leadership.

Political Scientist

Political scientists use numbers, stats, polled data and their knowledge of political trends to provide calculated predictions, consultations and advising based on their findings.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $125,350
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth of political scientists – 9% from 2020 to 2030

Political scientist positions need a master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science, public administration, or a related field. Learn about the Master of Public Administration.


From schools to corporations, there are mathematicians in a host of different organizations. With an ability to understand and practically process numerical data — a skill with broad application — they can fill many roles.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $93,290
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth of mathematicians – 33% from 2020 to 2030

Mathematician positions typically need at least a master’s degree in mathematics or statistics. Explore the B.S. in Mathematics.


Conservationists study the earth — both its soil and water — and the resources it offers to create ways such resources can be both used and protected. They also examine the harmful effects of certain chemicals, products and practices on the environment.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $64,010
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth of conservation scientists and foresters – 7% from 2020 to 2030

Conservationist positions typically need a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about the natural world with a B.S. in Biophysical Sciences.

Operations Research Analyst

Operations research analysts use advanced analytics to help organizations solve problems and make more informed decisions. They gather information from various sources to solve resource management, scheduling, supply chains, and more problems. Operations research analysts are integral parts of any organization.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $86,200
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth of operations research analysts – 25% from 2020 to 2030

Operations research analyst positions require at least a bachelor’s degree, while some companies prefer an applicant with a master’s degree. Set yourself up for success with the Master of Business Administration – Business Analytics.


Accountants use financial records to identify areas of opportunity and risk. Organizing and assessing these documents are two of the primary duties of accountants. Accountants use their knowledge of the financial records to provide insight for both organizations and individuals.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $73,560
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth of accountants – 7 percent from 2020 to 2030

Accountants typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Achieving certifications could help improve career options. Learn more about how an M.S. in Accounting – Financial Reporting & Assurance will help prepare you to be an appealing candidate in the accounting industry.


Psychological occupations tend to be overlooked as STEM careers, but psychology is a science, too. Not all psychological studies are about counseling and therapy. Psychologists study cognitive, emotional and social processes to understand how people relate to one another and their environments. Psychologists design and performs studies, surveys and tests to find patterns and develop theories.
2020 Median Annual Pay: $82,180
Job Outlook: Projected employment growth of psychologists – 8 percent from 2020 to 2030

Psychologists typically need a doctoral degree in psychology. Further your career with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Start Your STEM Career at Regent

Regent University has a variety of degrees for you to explore. Our Career & Talent Management team is also available to help students complete assessments that can guide them in fulfilling their calling. If you are considering pursuing a career in STEM, please call 800.373.5504, or request information.

All pay and job outlook information was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.