Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

Feb. 7, 2022
Growth for this profession continues at a rate of 10.5% with a median wage of $89,780.

Demand for STEM professionals continues to grow.  As determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth will be 10.5% from 2020 until 2030. This compares to a growth rate of 7.5% for other occupations.

Throughout the 2020s, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects more than 1,000,000 STEM jobs will have been added. 

In 2020, the number of people employed in STEM occupations was 10,204,200.

And the wages in this field are high. The median annual STEM wage is $89,780, compared to $40,020 for all non-STEM occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To determine the best markets for STEM professionals, WalletHub compared the 100 largest metro areas across 19 key metrics.  Their data set ranges from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to median wage growth for STEM jobs. In January they issued their report, 2022's Best & Worst Metro Areas for Stem Professionals."

The slideshow features the best areas.

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