Workers in science, technology, engineering, and math, the STEM fields, play a direct role in driving economic growth and a large part of the workforce has less than a four-year college education.

An analysis of the occupational requirements for STEM knowledge finds that:

  • As of 2011, 26 million U.S. jobs -- 20 percent of all jobs -- required a high level of knowledge in any one of these fields.

  • Half of all STEM jobs are available to workers without a four-year college degree, and these jobs pay $53,000 on average -- 10 percent more than jobs with similar educational requirements.

  • STEM jobs that require at least a bachelor's degree are highly clustered in certain metropolitan areas, while sub-bachelor's technical jobs are prevalent in every large metropolitan area.

  • More STEM-oriented metropolitan economies perform strongly on many economic indicators, from innovation to employment. Concentrations of these jobs are also associated with less income inequality.

    Source: www.brookings.edu/about/programs/metro/stem-economy

    Contact Lisa M. Krieger at 650-492-4098.



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