5 Kickass STEM Jobs Of The Future

Sometimes it feels like you’re at TMG just to get your marks up, get into a good university and then forget everything you learned in high school math and science. But it turns out that high school math and science can get you really far! STEM skills (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are the most valuable job skills in 2018, and will continue to be valuable in the years to come.

So we put together a guide of super cool jobs (read: official Netflix meme creator) that use STEM skills to show you how all the data management, calculus, functions, physics, bio and chem are WORTH the work! Plus, we show you how you can create a path to getting to these jobs.

We listed jobs below like ESPN statistician, virtual reality designer/mental health counsellor and more that require the STEM skills that YOU have!

Move over Brad. One day, YOU’LL be on this cover!

Move over Brad. One day, YOU’LL be on this cover!

Data Science: ESPN statistician

Do you love watching sports? One of the biggest part of sports is the underlying statistical analysis, which is essential to big sports networks like ESPN! That’s right, math can be the way to work alongside Jody Avirgan or meet Kahwi Leonard.

What you need to succeed:

  • An undergrad math degree (a focus on statistics is helpful)

  • What to take in high school to get to your university math degree:

    • Data Management (MDM4U)

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

    • One of Physics (SPH4U) (recommended), Biology (SBI4U) or Chemistry (SCH4U)

    • English (ENG4U)

How to make yourself stand out from the crowd:

  • Show your interest in sports! If you want to work for ESPN, have some extra-curricular sports leagues (house leagues work!) or university teams on your resume.

  • Watch ESPN! It might not sound like homework, but familiarizing yourself with the network will only help you show ESPN how passionate you are about working for the company.

  • Taking a hands-on data science course or university data science course. They’ll help you learn programming and how to apply Python, SQL, Excel and many other acronyms that sound intimidating but will help you build a winning team!

You could MAKE this page for  this incredible band !

You could MAKE this page for this incredible band!

Artificial Intelligence: Spotify Machine Learning Engineer

The Math Guru is filled with good vibes, good people and good Spotify playlists. Music is essential for studying, but it’s also one of the coolest industries to be in. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to sing or DJ, you can use the skills you learn at TMG to get you into the industry by learning how to create the code that cues up songs you might like and give you playlist recommendations.

What you need to succeed:

  • Undergrad engineering or computer science degree (they both require the same courses)

  • What to take in high school to get your engineer or computer science degree:

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
      Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
      Chemistry (SCH4U)
      Physics (SPH4U)
      English (ENG4U)

  • YOU BETTER KNOW PYTHON, which is the coding language that is essential for extracting data insights and programming machines. Learn it! Now! (Here’s a class you could take while still in high school.)

    How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Show Spotify your interest in music! You don’t need to be the next Ariana Grande or Steve Aoki to impress Spotify, but having a good amount of playlists will show them that you’re not only interested in music, but also their product! You might even develop a few suggestion for how to make Spotify better by frequently using it.

  • Answer any interview questions with a song lyric. Kidding, but this would be amazing to have a whole repertoire of “Where do you want to be in five years?” or “What’s your greatest weakness?” with answers like “thank you, next” (an excellent answer to any question).

  • The best machine learning engineers are constantly challenging themselves with new problems to flex their creative muscles. Challenge yourself with new courses or work with online communities like GitHub to practice your coding skills.

This is a flight map of one the balloons from Google’s  Project Loon , which brings internet access to rural communities. SO cool!

This is a flight map of one the balloons from Google’s Project Loon, which brings internet access to rural communities. SO cool!

Software development: Balloon Path Developer for Google

Google isn’t taking over the balloon industry, but it does use massive balloons to bring the internet to rural and remote areas. You know who maps the path for the balloons? A software developer! So knowing physics is essential to not only being part of Google, but also being part of a initiative to bring economic opportunities and information to remote areas.

What you need to succeed:

  • Undergrad engineering or computer science degree (they both require the same courses)

  • What to take in high school to get your engineer or computer science degree:

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
      Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
      Chemistry (SCH4U)
      Physics (SPH4U)
      English (ENG4U)

  • You need to know Python, which is the coding language that is essential for extracting data insights and programming machines. Learn it! Now! Here’s a class you could take while still in high school. Or you can check out these web development courses at coding bootcamps and universities if you want to go pro right now.

How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Google is notorious for its wild interview questions. You might want to practice your creative, on-the-fly interview skills by taking an improv class. Plus, it’s another interesting hobby to show to Google (and it’s fun)!

  • Google is obsessed with innovation. What have you done that is out-of-this-world? Have you helped solve a problem at school or at home or in your community? I know it sounds daunting, but if you feel like you haven’t done something of this calibre yet, maybe start thinking about a project you would LIKE to do to help mankind. Don’t worry too much about impressing Google at this point, but pick something you’re passionate about and get to work!

  • This role is focused on using Python, but knowing other coding languages will only help you. Take a look at other coding languages and start learning some!

Anamorphine  is a VR game that explores post-traumatic denial - like can you even imagine?!

Anamorphine is a VR game that explores post-traumatic denial - like can you even imagine?!

Virtual reality: mental health counsellor/simulation designer

That’s not a typo: you can be a designer of very cool virtual reality simulations while also basically being a mental health counsellor. Okay, not a certified mental health counsellor, but you’ll be helping mental health counsellors with their jobs.

Virtual reality is going beyond video gaming and awkward corporate videos: it’s starting to simulate fears and traumas for people to cope with their anxieties and PTSD in safe yet realistic environments. But to help people cope with their mental health issues using VR, you need to know physics really well.

What you need to succeed:

  • Undergrad engineering or computer science degree (they both require the same courses). A minor in sociology or psychology would be helpful!

  • What to take in high school to get your engineer or computer science degree:

    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
      Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
      Chemistry (SCH4U)
      Physics (SPH4U)
      English (ENG4U)

  • Knowing how to design is important for VR because it needs to look so real. Taking a User Experience (UX) or User Interface (UI) course will allow you to create more realistic videos.


How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Companies are only starting to work with VR. By the time you get out of university, it might be more prevalent in tech companies - but mental health corporations may still be wary of it. Knowing why VR is important is as essential as knowing your VR skills. Make sure you know the value of VR and how it can help any organization you’re working with.

  • Mental health is a tricky field. You need to be super sensitive to people’s different backgrounds and circumstances. The best way you can show that you’re invested in mental health is to practice empathy. You already do that with your friends and family, but to get even better at it, consider volunteering with a vulnerable population. Mental health fits into any people-related field, so this will show your commitment to learning and empathy (and you’ll finish your 40 hours).

  • Immerse yourself in VR! Try out all the VR games, movies and simulations available. You can visit places like House of VR and DiVRge to try out the latest in VR!

Just one of Netflix Canada’s  amazing tweets .

Just one of Netflix Canada’s amazing tweets.

Digital marketing: Netflix social media lead

The Netflix IG account is too good. Yes, it’s basically a meme account, but that’s the beauty of it. And how amazing would it be for YOU to be the in charge of the account?!

I know it seems crazy, but the person who creates all those memes has to do a lot of statistics. THAT’S RIGHT: DATA MANAGEMENT LEADS TO MEME JOBS. Social media requires analyzing what’s popular, what’s driving website traffic and where your fans are - so you need to get the math down to be a killer social media lead!

What you need to succeed:

  • You can have you pick of undergrad, but ones that directly correlate to digital marketing include math (with a focus on statistics), business/commerce (with a focus on marketing) or psychology/sociology (to learn about humans and how they interact with memes - a real course).

  • These courses will get you to any one of the above mentioned degrees:

    • Data Management (MDM4U)

    • One of Biology (SBI4U) or Chemistry (SCH4U)

    • English (ENG4U)

  • Google analytics is essential for the savvy digital marketer. You can get certified FOR FREE here.

How to set yourself apart from the crowd:

  • Watch Netflix! Doesn’t sound like homework, but you need to know your product inside-and-out in order to engage with its fans. How can you make good memes if you don’t even watch “Riverdale” or “Queer Eye”?!

  • Start experimenting with social channels. You can do this with your own personal brand (like TMG alum and social media manager Sarah Dunkleman) or have an entirely new passion project on IG or another social channel (like Vanessa did with TMG). Make sure to keep up with the analytics, the statistics and what makes a good post (it’s not just a posting frenzy)! This will take you above and beyond your competition who only have a finsta.

  • Volunteer for social media roles at not-for-profits. SO many not-for-profits are desperate for social media managers, and you could be their saving grace (while getting your 40 hours). Plus, it’ll show Netflix that you know how to tackle a social media challenge.