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Leveraging STEM Skills in Data Science and Beyond

Leveraging STEM Skills in Data Science and Beyond
Reported by
Mercedes Vega Villar

Posted November 12, 2020

Mercedes Vega Villar holds a PhD in Psychology from the City University of New York and is a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Graduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) prepare students for academic research careers. However, the skillset of STEM professionals is a highly valuable asset beyond academia—one that companies large and small are actively investing in, no matter their core business.

On September 18, 2020,  leaders in research and development (R&D), data science, and human resources (HR) at PepsiCo reflected on the value of STEM skills. The panelists discussed why PepsiCo is building a workforce of talented STEM professionals and explained how the company fosters creativity and innovation to address complex challenges. They also talked about their career paths and the opportunities available to STEM professionals and offered practical advice on leveraging STEM skills when applying to industry jobs.


  • STEM professionals are well equipped to tackle challenging problems, deliver results, and navigate complexity; this skillset is sought-after by top companies.
  • Leading companies like PepsiCo can be a perfect ecosystem for those with a STEM background seeking to grow and exercise their creativity.
  • A STEM-proficient workforce leads PepsiCo's innovative efforts and helps the company identify emerging scientific trends.
  • Soft skills like perseverance, curiosity, or the ability to work well with others are critical parts of PepsiCo jobs and need to be showcased during the application process.
PepsiCo Perspective: Leveraging STEM Skills