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Study Notes 2020 Best and Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
February 6, 2020

With STEM jobs projected to grow at a faster rate than other careers until at least 2028, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its Best Places to Find a Job report with an in-depth analysis of 2020’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals as well as an accompanying video.

To determine the best markets for STEM workers, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest metro areas across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM workers.

Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
1. Seattle, WA
2. Boston, MA
3. Austin, TX
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Pittsburgh, PA
6. San Francisco, CA
7. Raleigh, NC
8. Madison, WI
9. Minneapolis, MN
10. San Diego, CA

Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
91. North Port, FL
92. Memphis, TN
93. Lakeland, FL
94. McAllen, TX
95. Deltona, FL
96. Toledo, OH
97. Stockton, CA
98. Jackson, MS
99. Little Rock, AR
100. Cape Coral, FL

Best vs. Worst
• Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has the most per-capita overall STEM job openings for STEM graduates, 114.12, which is 35.1 times higher than in Deltona, Florida, the metro area with the fewest at 3.25.
• San Jose, California, has the highest average monthly earnings for new employees in STEM industries, $11,798, which is 3.7 times higher than in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the metro area with the lowest at $3,175.
• San Jose, California, has the highest share of all workers in STEM occupations, 21.00 percent, which is 15 times higher than in McAllen, Texas, the metro area with the lowest at 1.40 percent.
• Houston has the highest annual median wage for STEM workers (adjusted by cost of living), $98,886, which is 2.3 times higher than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest at $42,293.

To view the full report and individual metro area’s rankings, visit the site.

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