When high school seniors choose a college major this spring, they may decide to pursue traditional health or computer science degrees, which are well-known career paths.

However, students who earn degrees in science and technology can also take their pick from a variety of emerging job opportunities, particularly in agriculture, if they plan to stay in Iowa.

Iowa high school teachers and counselors learned about the wide range of career opportunities for graduates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at a series of conferences across the state this winter.

The STEM career conferences, organized by the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and...