STEM professions are among the hottest jobs of 2018, and it’s not hard to see why. The jobs consistently receive high ratings for salary, growth, worker satisfaction, and work-life balance. And industry executives aren’t shy about their support for STEM either.
Tech billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates is no exception, Kathleen Elkins writes for CNBC.
Last month, Gates sat down with his wife, Melinda, and Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda to answer questions at Hunter College. During the Q&A, Gates identified a few fast-moving industries that will be hotbeds of innovation—and opportunity—in the years to come.
Gates encourages students to develop their talents in science, programming, biology, and energy, Elkins writes. Careers in these fast-growing industries demand applicants with “basic knowledge of the sciences, math skills, [and] economics,” Gates told Daniel Roth, editor-in-chief of LinkedIn, in a 2016 interview.
According to Gates, students with STEM and economic know-how will play a pivotal role in healthcare innovation.
While there are many paths to success, the “more you can learn from science, the more you’ll see where the next opportunity is,” advises Gates. But non-science students shouldn’t worry too much, “we [will] need a hugely broad set of talents,” he notes (Elkins, CNBC, 3/19).