U.S. students rank at the bottom of a list of 30 industrialized countries in international science and mathematics assessments such as TIMMS and PISA. Coupled with these low scores is a major demand to fill science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs which are growing at a rate 3 times faster than other fields.
One way to help students prepare for STEM careers is to bring awareness to what it is like to work in these fields and furthermore what types of traits and skills are needed to be successful (e.g. creativity, optimism, systems thinking, etc.). If you are looking to expose students to some of these jobs check out Creative Pool's list of jobs. It includes STEM fields as well as many other jobs. You could use it to enrich a lesson or have students go on the site directly and do some research.