This week the Brookings Institution released a report, “The Hidden STEM Economy,” a review of the concentration of jobs that require knowledge in science, technology, engineering or math by metropolitan area.
The San Jose metro area topped the list with roughly a third of its workforce in STEM. The Washington, D.C.-area was second, followed by Palm Ba, Fla. Boston placed sixth while Baltimore came in eighth.
Jobs in the STEM fields tend to pay significantly better than others. As of 2011, one in every five jobs in the United States required a high level of knowledge in science, technology, engineering or math. In seven of the 10 metropolitan areas on the list, the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree is higher than the 28.5% across the nation as a whole.