Career Opportunities

Choosing to pursue a degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and computer engineering is just the beginning. At Bellarmine University, we will provide you with education and tools that extend well beyond the classroom and propel you into a new and exciting career path in a STEM field or prepare you to pursue a graduate degree in a STEM discipline. Through a core foundation of our academic curriculum, all students can accomplish their goals in their prospective field of study.

Currently, there is a critical shortage of technically trained workforce in these STEM fields in the US. Kentucky’s Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE) plans to double the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in these STEM disciplines within 10 years. Job opportunities for STEM professionals remain strong and are predicted to grow faster than any other career field during the next decade. Employees in STEM disciplines lead in innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. In the US, over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times faster than the job growth in other fields.

According to the reports, there are about 7.6 million STEM workers in the United States, representing about 1 in 18 workers. In the next ten years, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17.0%, compared to 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations. STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26% more than non-technical jobs. More than two-thirds of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to less than one-third of non-STEM workers.

For Professional Development and Internship/job opportunities in a specific STEM discipline, please contact the ELC faculty coordinators- Physics (Dr. Akhtar Mahmood; Email:; Chemistry (Dr. Joe Sinski:; Mathematics (Dr. Ryan Therkelsen; Email:; Computer Science/Computer Engineering (Dr. Muzaffar Ali; Email:

To learn about the wide variety of career options available in your field of interest, including details about typical industries and employers, strategies to prepare for your future career and links to professional associations, job outlook information and other resources, click the "PDF" links below for a summary of common career paths, typical employers, and strategies that will help you maximize your career opportunities. Click on "Links" for a list of online resources, including professional associations, occupational outlooks, job listings and more. For tips on Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews click here.


Students can use CollegeCentral to search for job, internship and volunteer opportunities; submit online applications; schedule on-campus interviews; register for events and workshops; view career advice articles and podcasts; access the mentoring network; and more.

Students can use NACElink (which is sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Direct Employers Association), that provides job and internship listings posted by local, regional and national employers.

STEM Support Resources

The STEM Support Resources website lists resources for students who wish to explore opportunities in the STEM fields. The website includes resources for prospective and current college students that can help college students prepare for STEM-related careers.