HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- The Denver metro area ranks among the best in the country for careers in science, technology, science and math.
Those jobs make up more than 134,000 jobs – roughly 10 percent of all jobs – in the metro area.
Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance and CH2M Hill are three notable companies located south of Denver.
The goal of schools such as STEM Academy is to prepare students at a young age to go into the industry.
“We’re going to be training our students to make a lot more money than we do,” said Mike Shallenberger of STEM Academy.
Classes at STEM Academy are hands-on and interactive. On top of traditional classes, students work on computer programming, 3D printers and robots.
The classes are tough, challenging students with problem solving and critical thinking.
The average salary of workers in STEM jobs is more than $100,000. The average for workers across all industries is $59,000.