Tuesday January 26, 2016 0 comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Denver has been rated the No. 4 best metro area for STEM professionals in a nationwide study by WalletHub.
With STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — jobs expected to grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM professions in the coming years, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals.
Following an earlier report on the Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most-populated metropolitan statistical areas across 16 key metrics to help STEM professionals find the best markets for their valuable occupations, looking at such factors as per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM workers.
According to the WalletHub study, the Top 10 metros for STEM professionals are:
- San Jose, CA
- Austin, TX
- Seattle, WA
- Minneapolis, MN
- Boston, MA
- Madison, WI
- Houston, TX
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Columbus, OH
The 10 worst metros for STEM professionals are:
- North Port, FL
- Deltona, FL
- Miami, FL
- Jackson, MS
- Oxnard, CA
- Honolulu, HI
- Cape Coral, FL
- Lakeland, FL
- Bridgeport, CT
- Las Vegas, NV
Other report highlights:
Comparing the Best & Worst
- The per-capita job openings for STEM graduates is highest in Austin, TX, which is 76 times greater than in Deltona, FL., the metro area with the lowest.
- The percentage of all workers in STEM occupations is highest in San Jose, CA, which is five times greater than in McAllen,TX, the metro area with the lowest.
- The projected number of STEM jobs needed in 2020 per capita is highest in Washington, which is 14 times greater than in Las Vegas, the metro area with the lowest.
- The unemployment rate for people with at least a bachelor’s degree is highest in Riverside, CA, which is three times greater than in Des Moines, IA, the metro area with the lowest.
- The cost of living-adjusted annual median wage for STEM workers is highest in Houston, which is two times greater than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest.
- The housing affordability for STEM professionals is highest in Winston-Salem, N.C., which is two times greater than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest.
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