July | August 2017



 
Recent Growth
Jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—fields make up about 6.2 percent of all employment, or 8.3 million positions. That’s up from 7.6 million jobs in 2010—or a growth rate of just under 10 percent. While STEM positions may not make up a huge portion of total jobs, those positions are growing quickly; total employment across all occupations grew by 6 percent over the same period.

 
Jobs of the Future
From 2012 to 2022, open STEM positions are predicted to continue growing. For example, software developers—both in applications and systems—are predicted to have more than 350,000 new positions open by 2022.

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National Distribution of STEM Jobs
STEM jobs are a bigger part of the workforce in some states than in others. In Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington, at least nine percent of total employment falls under a STEM category. That’s compared to just three percent of jobs in Mississippi and Nevada.

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Local Distribution of STEM Jobs
The importance of STEM jobs to a local economy can be even more dramatic. For example, more than 1-in-5 jobs in the metropolitan area of San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., are in STEM fields.
The San Jose metro area also has the highest concentration of systems software developers and was the highest paying area for this job, with an annual mean wage of $138,410. That same job in
a different area, however, could pay a much different salary. For example, the same job title in Lafayette, La., pays more than 60 percent less—$52,720—and at the state level, wages for this job ranged from $68,580 in North Dakota to $124,070 in California.