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.

About the Author

Adrienne Selko | Senior Editor

Focus: Workforce, Talent 

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Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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