Picture a STEM professional in your mind—someone who works in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. What do you imagine? A strict-looking individual in a white lab coat? A coding whiz, lit by blue screen light late into the night? Whatever you think a “typical” STEM professional is, you might be surprised.
STEM fields are vast and varied, with countless different positions, areas of focus and possibilities to suit almost any interest. And some jobs that fall under STEM categories might be ones you’ve never even considered—or known to exist. But don’t take our word for it. Below, we’ve identified five young STEM professionals, each with their own diverse passions, hobbies, and job responsibilities. From an ex-marine biologist now helping to protect chickpeas from an uncertain future, to a KitKat enthusiast creating better high-tech tools for farmers around the world, there’s no such thing as a “typical” STEM story. But one of the stories below might spark your curiosity—and even ignite a lifelong love of science, tech, engineering, and maths. So go ahead: discover your STEM destiny!