Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh Top List of Best Places to Land STEM Jobs

Jobs in one of the STEM professions–science, technology, engineering, and math–are popping everywhere, not just in the tech industry hotspots. STEM jobs are growing at twice the rate of other jobs, with fast expansion expected right up through 2024. Also, they pay pretty well.

Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh Top List of Best Places to Land STEM JobsThat’s why free credit score and credit report site WalletHub, which loves to rate Metropolitan Statistical Areas (a.k.a. big cities) for various factors, did a followup to its Best Places to Find a Job in 2019 report but concentrating on STEM work. The findings across the top 100 metro areas (which took into account socio-economic and job-market rankings) were very different when WalletHub rescored metro areas with regard to quality of life, professional opportunities, and a “STEM-friendliness ranking.” The latter folds in 20 metrics, including a city’s share of high-quality engineering schools, granted utility patents, tech meetups, and so on. (Read the full methodology with the full report.) The interactive version of the map (below) shows that the top five cities are Seattle (including Tacoma and Bellevue), Boston (with Cambridge and Newton), Pittsburgh, PA; Austin, TX; and San Francisco.

Boston is actually the city with the highest “STEM friendliness” ranking; Springfield, MA, of all places, is second. (If you hover and get a popup of more dots, you can hover over the dot in the popup that you want to view.) The report includes some other stats per city that cover areas of the “STEM friendliness” ranking, like the city with the highest percentage of workforce that’s in STEM (San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, CA), highest STEM employment growth (Provo/Orem, UT), highest math performance (Worchester, MA), highest annual median wage for STEM workers (Houston, TX), highest annual median wage growth (McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, TX), and an important one: highest affordable housing (Dayton, OH). The difference between the best and worst areas for percentage of workforce in STEM is 15 times (worst is Riverside/Ontario, CA).

There’s a full 50-times difference when it comes to quality of engineering universities in an area. The numbers are telling. Mostly, they’ll be telling you if you’ve got a STEM degree, get ready to move.

Pittsburgh is probably looking pretty good right now.


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