Job market growing in STEM fields

Mar 30, 2011

There is a growing demand for employees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields based on the volume of Kettering corporate partners at the Spring Co-op Fair March 29.

There is a new vitality in the job market for engineering, science and business students as evidenced by the numbers and diverse group of co-op employers seeking to hire Kettering University students.

To borrow a Wall Street term, employers in Michigan and across the country are “bullish” on hiring Kettering’s students.

More than 100 employers were recently on campus seeking engineering and managerial talent at a student job fair.  This is a remarkable change from two short years ago when the bottom fell out of the job market for Michigan workers, as well as students seeking co-op jobs.

This market interest in science, technology, math and business talent has translated into more than 90 percent of the University’s co-op students currently being employed, according to Bob Nichols, Kettering’s executive director of External Affairs.

“Companies from across the country are putting together competitive packages to lure the best co-op students into their ranks,” Nichols said. “The number of students finding good co-op jobs and the diverse list of employers continues to grow,” he added.

“Kettering has purposefully focused on diversifying its industry base,” said Venetia Petteway, Kettering’s Corporate Relations Executive.  “We now have Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Bioengineering, Acoustics, Optics, Bioinformatics, Nanotechnology, Alternative Energy, Aerospace, Food Processing and Logistics co-op partners.”

Students have their own theories as to why employers are eager to recruit at Kettering. “There are co-op jobs available because Kettering’s co-op is one of a kind,” said Gabe Phillips, a Business major from Rochester Hills. He is employed by MBtech NA in Troy in the field of automotive technologies.

“When I was a student at Edsel Ford High School,” Robert Hayes, of Dearborn, said, “I heard that college is the path to a degree.  At Kettering, I’ve learned that co-op is the path to a job.”

Kettering University is one of the country’s premier professional cooperative education institutions and a national leader in preparing innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Kettering Co-op program is not an internship. It is a symbiotic relationship between companies and students where the long term goal is to create a new generation of employees that are passionate about the work that they do.

For more about Kettering's Cooperative Education program visit

Contact: Dawn Hibbard