2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
From Wallet Hub, Jan 10, 2017
STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020. That should be welcome news to job seekers with skills in these areas, half of which do not even require a four-year college degree.
Given their growing demand, STEM careers today comprise some of the most lucrative employment, paying higher salaries and boasting far fewer threats of unemployment compared with non-STEM jobs. In fact, the annual average wage for all STEM positions collectively was $85,570 — 81 percent more than the national average of $47,230 for all jobs — according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To identify the best markets for STEM professionals, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest metro areas across 17 key metrics. Their data set ranges from “per-capita job openings for STEM graduates” to “annual median wage growth for STEM jobs” to “projected demand for STEM workers by 2020.” Continue reading below for the findings, expert commentary and methodology….
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- Rank – 95th
- Total Score -- 30.87
- Professional Opportunities -- 99th
- STEM-Friendly Environment – 69th
- Lowest Annual Median Wage for STEM Workers – 100th
- Lowest Housing Affordability -- 100th
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