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2019’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals – WalletHub Study

With STEM jobs projected to grow at a faster rate than other careers until at least 2024, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its Best Places to Find a Job report with an in-depth analysis of 2019’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the best markets for STEM workers, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest metro areas across 20 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 ProfessionalsWorst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
1Seattle, WA91Toledo, OH
2Boston, MA92McAllen, TX
3Pittsburgh, PA93Augusta, GA
4Austin, TX94Stockton, CA
5San Francisco, CA95Deltona, FL
6Madison, WI96Little Rock, AR
7Atlanta, GA97Memphis, TN
8Salt Lake City, UT98Jackson, MS
9Minneapolis, MN99North Port, FL
10Cincinnati, OH100Cape Coral, FL

Best vs. Worst 

  • Atlanta has the most per-capita overall STEM job openings for STEM graduates, 100.15, which is 53.6 times higher than in Deltona, Florida, the metro area with the fewest at 1.87.
  • San Jose, California, has the highest share of all workers in STEM occupations, 20.50 percent, which is 14.6 times higher than in McAllen, Texas, the metro area with the lowest at 1.40 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.
  • Houston has the highest annual median wage for STEM workers (adjusted by cost of living), $98,750, which is 2.3 times higher than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest at $42,512. 

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