STEM-Designated Degrees & Programs at Suffolk

Jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) play an essential role in the American and global economy, and their importance in many lucrative, high-impact industries is only growing.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning a STEM degree is a smart investment in your future:

  • In 2021, STEM workers only represented 6.2% of the American workforce
  • The median wage of workers with STEM occupations was $95,420 in 2021—more than twice the median wage for workers with non‑STEM occupations
  • STEM jobs are predicted to grow by 10.8% between 2021 and 2031, while non‑STEM job growth is expected to reach 4.9% over the same 10-year period

For international students, STEM designated degrees and certificates offer a unique pathway to stay and work in the United States for longer. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, students on F-1 visas who complete a STEM designated program and receive a job offer with qualified employers can apply to extend their stay for up to 36 months of on-the-job training (formally known as Optional Practical Training or OPT). In comparison, graduates without a STEM-designated degree are only eligible for an extension of 12 months—learn more.

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