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Metro areas with the best, worst markets for STEM workers

With STEM jobs expected to grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM professions in the coming years, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its “Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job” report with an in-depth analysis of 2017’s “Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals.”

To identify the best markets for STEM workers, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated metro areas across 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from “per-capita job openings for STEM graduates” to “annual median wage growth for STEM workers.”

The top 10 best metro areas for STEM professionals: 1. Seattle; 2. San Jose, Calif.; 3. San Francisco; 4. Boston; 5. Springfield, Mass.; 6. Austin, Texas; 7. Minneapolis; 8. Atlanta; 9. Washington, D.C.; 10. Pittsburgh.

And the 10 worst metro areas for STEM professionals: 91. Birmingham, Ala.; 92. Lakeland, Fla.; 93. Bridgeport, Conn.; 94. North Port/Sarasota, Fla.; 95. Honolulu; 96. Cape Coral, Fla.; 97. Memphis, Tenn.; 98. Deltona/Daytona Beach, Fla.; 99. McAllen, Texas; 100. Jackson, Miss.

Other findings:

  • Atlanta has the most per-capita job openings for STEM graduates, 108, which is 54 times more than in Deltona, Fla., the metro area with the fewest at 2.
  • San Jose, Calif., has the highest percentage of all workers in STEM occupations, 22.2 percent, which is 13.1 times higher than in McAllen, Texas, the metro area with the lowest at 1.7 percent.
  • Washington has the highest projected number of STEM jobs per capita needed by 2020, 14.86 percent, which is 13.8 times higher than in Las Vegas, the metro area with the lowest at 1.08 percent.
  • Riverside, Calif., has the highest unemployment rate for residents with at least a bachelor’s degree, 6.1 percent, which is 3.2 times greater than in Des Moines, Iowa, the metro area with the lowest, 1.9 percent.
  • Houston has the highest annual median wage for STEM workers (adjusted by cost of living), $94,110, which is 2.3 times higher than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest at $40,223.
  • Dayton, Ohio, has the highest housing-affordability index for STEM professionals, 103.26, which is 2.1 times higher than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest at 48.25.

To view the full report and your metro area’s rank, click here.

 

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