As the world turns, so does the jobs climate in the United States. And it’s not surprising where more people are logging on to a career. More and more, the jobs with better pay and job security are in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – fields.
Some areas – such as California’s Silicon Valley – are known for their output of high-tech products and services. There are 15 U.S. major metropolitan areas in which at least 9 percent of the workforce is employed in a STEM field. STEM jobs typically pay significantly better than jobs in non-STEM industries. And about a quarter of the U.S. labor force, 36 million people, hold jobs that could be made obsolete by advancing technology, according to a study by nonprofit public policy organization Brookings Institution.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. cities’ labor forces to determine the cities with the most high-tech jobs. Ann Arbor was ranked 13th. Here is what they said about our awesome community.
13. Ann Arbor, Michigan
• Percentage of workers in STEM fields: 9.5 percent
• Most common STEM job: Life, Physical, and social science technicians, all other
• Avg. STEM median wage: $75,339
• Total employment: 213,990
Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, one of the top U.S. colleges for engineering and other science programs. This major university provides Ann Arbor businesses with a steady supply of young, educated job seekers each year. Over 54 percent of adults in Ann Arbor have a college degree, well above the 32 percent college degree attainment rate nationwide.
In case you are wondering… No. 1
1. California-Lexington Park, Maryland
• Percentage of workers in STEM fields: 24.8 percent
• Most common STEM job: Aerospace engineers
• Avg. STEM median wage: $102,826
• Total employment: 45,460
California-Lexington Park is the city with the highest share of high-tech jobs. Nearly a quarter of the area’s entire workforce is employed in STEM fields, well ahead of any other U.S. metro area. California-Lexington Park also has the highest median STEM wage in the country at $102,826 – making it the only metro area where most STEM employees make six figures. The metro area is near Washington D.C. and a high concentration of defense contractors. BAE Systems, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin are some of the area’s biggest employers, and not surprisingly, aerospace engineers is the most common STEM job.