October 14, 2015

STEM Jobs on the Rise

All the recent discussion about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs being the future might seem overstated since jobs in STEM fields make up only 6.2% of all U.S. employment. But the 10% STEM job growth has exceeded the 6% overall employment growth from May 2010 to May 2014.

The Council of State Governments’ Knowledge Center recently issued an interactive state-by-state graphic that shows the percentage of STEM jobs in each state and allows for easy comparisons with how individual states do against the top states in terms of STEM jobs.
With STEM employment making up 6.6% of Connecticut’s jobs, we are better than average (6.2%), but below such top states as Massachusetts (9.0%), Maryland (9.1%), Virginia (9.0%), and Washington (9.2%). After Massachusetts, Connecticut has the second highest percentage in New England. The states with the lowest percentages include Mississippi (3.2%) and Nevada (3.3%).