The Newton's Road Career Investigator platform is an engaging regional hub for youth and adults to explore STEM-related careers in Northwest Michigan solo or with their parents and mentors (including teachers, college instructors, counselors and others). Newton's Road Northwest is collaborating with local businesses, educators, workforce development and economic development organizations to more easily make this valuable--but often hard to find--information available to all youth and adults in our region. The site is designed with input from students, parents, counselors and professionals from initial concept, and hence has powerful features and an award-winning user experience for ages 14 and up!

We showcase careers in Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Trades and Construction, Water Land and Air, and STEM & Business, which together employ the most people in our region. More careers and career families will continue to be added. Rotary Charities was the primary funder of the pilot version and the current version 2.0. Matching funds and support has come from Munson Healthcare, Hagerty Insurance, several other local companies and Northwestern Michigan College. Please see the bottom of the home page for a complete listing of supporting organizations.

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It takes less than 30 minutes to create a student-friendly Employer Profile for your company dynamically linked to the STEM-related careers you hire! Email or fill out this survey to get started.

We continually refine our user experience based on input from people like you. Please use the Feedback button above. 

Information Sources

The At a Glance career data in most cases comes from the 2021 Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. The 10-county Northwest Michigan data for their reports is provided by our local businesses via the Occupational Employment Statistics survey--the more businesses that participate the more accurate the summarized data we receive. Networks Northwest Business Services, a key support and user, informed us that regional employers indicate pay increases of 2-3+% in the past year, especially for entry level jobs. We use the 10th and 90th average wage percentile data for the low and high wages, respectfully, in addition to the median wage data (half employed earn more and half earn less). Entries that have NA reflects the fact that the information for these particular statistics is either not gathered by the state, or that there is an insufficient amount of the data to be considered statistically significant--often times these are emerging Hot Jobs locally and/or nationally!

All other information comes from interviews with many educators who work with Business Advisory boards, workforce development organizations, and businesses and their representatives such as GTAMC.  Guests on the STEM Careers with Newton's Road show have also provided pathway information and video source materials for many careers. Where we don't have local videos yet, we used other sources until they can be replaced with local interviews. 

If you have local video content available or are interested in participating in our local STEM Careers show, please email these ideas and any other inquiries to