The Ten Best Metro Areas for STEM Jobs

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Percent of workers in STEM jobs: 9.4%, STEM employment growth: 9.1%, Annual median wage for STEM workers: $79,589

Are you looking for a city that offers great opportunities for pursuing an IT career? Then you should check out this list of the top 10 metro areas for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, as compiled by WalletHub. The company came up with its ranking based on a number of metrics taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Council for Community and Economic Research, and other organizations. These statistics include the percentage of workers who are employed in STEM roles; STEM employment growth; and the annual median wage for STEM professionals. Clearly, it's a great time to be a tech worker, as STEM professions are expected to expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2008 and 2018. From a compensation standpoint, these careers present great appeal: The average annual wage for all STEM positions is $79,640, well above the national average wage for all jobs of $46,440. So, if you're up for moving to a new city to maximize your career opportunities, this list will provide appealing options. To provide even more helpful information for comparison purposes, WalletHub is reporting the annual median wages for STEM workers listed here, adjusted according to the cost of living.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-05
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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