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More opportunities and better prospects

Can you see yourself designing a wind turbine or building the next Airbus; developing new drugs or a high performance textile; or maybe, filming the next Doctor Who?

There are lots of exciting job opportunities for people with STEM skills (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and not just at degree level.

People with STEM skills enjoy better career prospects and can earn more!

of all UK businesses
rely on people
with STEM skills
(CBI, 2014)

STEM graduates earn
more in their lifetime than non-graduates
(STEM Careers)

of Physics A-Level students are girls
(EngineeringUK, 2014)

of employers expect
problems recruiting STEM technicians and graduates in the next three years
(CBI, 2014)


STEM skills in high demand

Wales needs skilled technicians as well as STEM graduates. It’s not only STEM employers that want STEM skills. All employers look for the skills that studying a STEM subject can give you; skills like problem solving and numeracy.


Wales needs more..

Geneticists, Therapists, Chemists,
Engineers, Nurses, Skilled Technicians,
Textile Technologists, 
Marine Biologists, 
 Skilled Construction Trades, 
Designers, STEM Teachers, Environmental Scientists, 
Computer programmers. 


Why study a STEM subject or course? 

 1 in 5 new jobs in the UK by 2022, will be STEM jobs.


By 2022 Wales needs..



Accountants and
Finance Roles

Construction and Building Roles

IT and Telecommunication



Science and Engineering Technicians


Source:  Working futures 2012-2022

Meet the employers

These are some of the STEM employers in Wales:

RWE npower plc
Energy and Renewables Wind energy sites, North Wales.

BTG Protherics UK Ltd
Healthcare products,
Llandysul, Ceredigion. 

Oil Refinery,Pembroke.

Tinopolis Cymru
Media Production, Llanelli.

Aircraft Manufacture, Broughton, Flintshire.

Admiral Group plc
Insurance, Swansea,
Cardiff, Newport. 

Biomet UK Ltd
Surgical Implant and Instrument Manufacture, Bridgend.

SPTS Technologies Ltd
Electronics manufacturer, Newport.

What can I earn?

Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. 

Job Salary range dependent on experience (£)

£15,000 - £28,000

£15,000 - £27,000

£16,000 - £34,000

£18,000 - £35,000

£18,000 - £47,000

£18,000 - £30,000

£19,000 - £33,000

£21,000 - £34,000

£22,000 - £46,000

£22,000 - £47,000

£22,000 - £42,000

£22,000 - £37,000

£22,000 - £46,000

£22,000 - £43,000

£24,000 - £46,000

£24,000 - £45,000

£25,000 - £48,000

£28,000 - £101,000

£30,000 - £50,000

£37,000 - £50,000

£45,000 - £61,000


The top ten highest graduate starting salaries in STEM subjects

1. Dentistry

2. Chemical Engineering

3. Medicine

4. General Engineering

5. Mechanical Engineering
6. Economics

7. Veterinary Medicine

8. Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

9. Materials Technology

10. Physics and Astronomy

 The average starting salary for graduates is  £21,702

Source: HESA 2011-12, Published May 2014

Getting in

Wales needs high level STEM skills.  Get as qualified as you can. Demand for graduates from
STEM related degrees will grow faster than for other subjects, particularly for :

  • Medicine, regenerative medicine and related occupations
  • Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Engineering, Technology and Architecture
  • Marine Sciences
  • Digital and Media technologies
  • STEM related teaching

Check how to get into a specific STEM job.

Try our Career Search Find a HE course
‘People with STEM skills are in demand at all levels, from apprentice and technician level, upwards’ CBI, 2014
‘More than 1 in 4 STEM employers report difficulties in meeting their need for technicians CBI, 2014

University is not the only option!

Wales needs STEM skills at all levels. There are a growing number of STEM related apprenticeship routes available, at different levels in:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture  and Animal Care
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Accountancy and Financial Services
  • Media Technology
  • Health, Public Services and Care
  • Building and Construction 

Depending on the level of the apprenticeship you could work towards qualifications up to degree level, earn a wage and avoid student fees.

Search for

Research employer apprenticeship
programmes through Sector Skills Councils


Do I need Welsh Language skills?

If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace, particularly in the service industries and jobs that involve communicating with people.

In the STEM industries demand for bilingual skills varies …


High demand for Welsh skills
  • Media
  • Creative Industries
  • Health and Social Care
  • Finance
  • STEM related teaching

Low demand for Welsh skills 
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing 
  • Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • High tech and global industries


What about the future?

STEM jobs are expected to be among the fastest growing in Wales.

Fastest growing STEM jobs in Wales, shown in percentage of growth:

 Doctors, Opticians and Dentists

 Paramedics and medical and dental technicians

 Nurses and Midwives

 Media Professionals


 Accountants and Finance Managers


 Engineering Professionals

 IT and Telecommunication Professionals

 Construction and Building Trades

 Finance administration roles

Source: Working Futures 2012-2022

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