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Did you know that 50 percent of STEM jobs DO NOT require a bachelor’s degree? It’s true! Many blue collar and technical jobs require considerable STEM knowledge and the jobs pay very well. According to a recent Brookings Institute study, “As of 2011, one out of every 10 U.S. jobs are sub-bachelor’s STEM jobs. With an average salary of $53,000, they provide decent-paying career paths at a time when less than one-third of young adults are finishing expensive four-year degrees.Examples of these occupations include industrial machinery mechanics, registered nurses, auto-mechanics, carpenters, supervisors of production workers, electricians, machinists, pipefitters, welders, machine programmers, chemical technicians, and sheet metal workers.”

The Brookings study identifies ten STEM clusters for which large numbers of job openings are expected. The following table reflects the occupation within each cluster that requires less than a Bachelor’s degree and offers the largest number of openings in Utah.

(Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services)

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