A new study ranks Raleigh No. 14 among the best and worst metro areas for jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

According to WalletHub’s analysis of the top 100 metro markets, Raleigh, which ranks 46th among metro statistical areas, ranks:

  • 5th – Percentage of All Workers in STEM Positions
  • 40th – STEM-Employment Growth
  • 37th – Mathematics Performance
  • 13th – Cost of Living-Adjusted Annual Median Wage for STEM Workers
  • 24th – Annual Median Wage Growth for STEM Workers
  • 5th – Per-Capita Job Openings for STEM Graduates
  • 49th – Unemployment Rate for Residents with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree

“STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020.

“That should be welcome news to job seekers with skills in these areas, half of which do not even require a four-year college degree,” WalletHub says.

“Given their growing demand, STEM careers today comprise some of the most lucrative employment, paying higher salaries and boasting far fewer threats of unemployment compared with non-STEM jobs. In fact, the annual average wage for all STEM positions collectively was $85,570 —81 percent more than the national average of $47,230 for all jobs — according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

The study, including data from 16 different metrics, was released Tuesday.

Data for Durham was not broken out.

San Jose topped the list followed by:

2. Austin


4. Denver

5. Minneapolis

6. Boston

7. Madison, Wis.

8. Houston

9. Pittsburgh

10. Columbus, Ohio

11. Colorado Springs

12. Des Moines, Iowa

13. Salt Lake City

San Francisco was 15th.

Charlotte ranked 22th, Winston-Salem 47th.

WalletHub is a website focused on personal finance.

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