I’ve been trying to work on a post about some further research on women in STEM fields, and I keep getting bogged down in definitions. I am currently headed down the rabbit hole of what a “STEM job” actually is.
I found out some interesting things. According to this report, my job doesn’t count as a STEM job, despite the fact that I work with nothing but math and science (alright, and some psych). It’s not the psych part that excludes me however, it’s actually that I work in healthcare. Healthcare, apparently is excluded completely.
So if I were performing my same job, with the same qualifications, in a different field, I’d have a STEM job. Since I report in to a hospital however, I don’t have one.
Your doctor does not have a STEM job. Neither does your pharmacist, dentist, nurse, or anyone who teaches anything on any level. Apparently if you run stats for the Red Sox, you’re in a STEM job, but do the same thing for sick people, and it doesn’t count.