Science is the new black.

It impacts everyone, solves the world’s problems and ironically, there’s a disconnect: a skills gap equating to a shortage of professionals pursuing careers in science and STEM. This is juxtaposed with a strong demand and continued growth in a field that fuels innovation and offers job security. (For instance, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mathematical sciences is expected to grow by 28.2% by 2024.)

I sat down with Dr. Jayshree Seth, 3M chief science advocate, and Katie Couric, award-winning journalist, to talk about destigmatizing science, removing barriers to entry and how to pursue one of these hot jobs especially if you don’t necessarily have a Ph.D. (Here’s a hint: for numerous science-related jobs, you don’t need one. Yes, soft skills—like effective communications—matter.)

According to the 3M’s 2019 State of Science Index, 72% of Americans surveyed are curious about science, yet 75% say they know little to nothing about science.