This post is in partnership with Sylvan Learning
When we think of our kids’ education, we should be thinking beyond which subjects they are passing today. We should be asking ourselves, “What will they do tomorrow with what they learn today?”
The careers of today and tomorrow are increasingly focused in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The skills needed to fulfill the careers in these fields are only going to increase in demand. So, it’s important that we equip our kids with the skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate data, and make sense of it all, otherwise known as skills learned by studying STEM subject areas.
STEM Careers in the Military
While it’s true that STEM careers everywhere will only continue to increase, as a military family, we want to recognize the growing STEM careers in the military, in particular, in the Army.
Science – If you like a challenge in science, you could serve in areas of medical, clinical, or environmental science in the Army. Career and job positions vary from a Medical Service Corps Officer, who commands the medical service corps that treat and help the soldiers and their families in a variety of areas, to a Petroleum Laboratory Specialist, who is primarily responsible for supervising or conducting laboratory tests on petroleum, oil, and lubricant products.
Technology – The Army has a variety of stimulating technology jobs that allow you to train on high-tech equipment unavailable in most civilian jobs. Cyber Operations Specialist, Cryptologic Linguist, Multimedia Illustrator, and Watercraft Operator are a few of the technology jobs available in the Army.
Engineering – The Army Corps of Engineers is the world’s largest public engineering, design, and construction management agency. Engineering jobs in the Army consist of Combat Engineer, Horizontal Construction Engineer, and Watercraft Engineer.
Mathematics – Mathematics jobs in the Army range from clerical to supervisory positions and are both challenging and rewarding. You could make a career as a Military Intelligence Officer, who is responsible for all collected intelligence during Army missions. Enlisted jobs include Financial Management Technician, Geospatial Engineer, Human Intelligence Collector, and Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist.
Supporting Your Child in STEM Education with Sylvan Learning
It’s critical for our kids to learn STEM at an early age in order to ensure that they have a competitive advantage in some of the more rapidly growing STEM fields, both in civilian careers and in the military. Children in grades 1-6 are at the prime age for STEM exposure, retention, and application. One positive option to support your kids is to enroll them in a STEM program like Sylvan EDGE. Sylvan EDGE programs are designed to engage students and inspire them to master critical skills for the future. Best of all, they’re fun!
Do you think your child would benefit from a Sylvan EDGE program as an additional educational support system? The latest STEM offerings from Sylvan provide children with hands-on, cutting edge classes for kids that focus on programs like Robotics, Engineering, Coding, and Math. I encourage you to visit the Sylvan Learning website to find out more information and enroll in a program that works for your family.
As parents, it is our job to ensure our kids are prepared to think deeply and to think well so that they have the chance to become innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders both in civilian and military jobs and careers. We know our kids can be the ones to solve the most pressing challenges facing our nation and world. Let’s prepare them together!