10. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts
> Pct. of workers in STEM fields: 10.4%
> Most common STEM job: Biochemists and biophysicists
> Avg. STEM median wage: $87,432
> Total employment: 2,726,490
While the Greater Boston area has long been known for its higher education institutions, including Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it is now also known for its high tech sector. Major companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Salesforce, and Microsoft have substantial presences in the metropolitan area, along with many others. The most common STEM job in the area is biochemists and biophysicists, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the region’s reputation for exceptional medical institutions. Venture capitalists have entered Boston’s healthtech industry and, according to a 2017 article in the Boston Business Journal, total invested capital in the field since 2013 has reached nearly $1 billion.
9. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
> Pct. of workers in STEM fields: 10.6%
> Most common STEM job: Materials scientists
> Avg. STEM median wage: $79,665
> Total employment: 996,540
The most common STEM job in the Austin, Texas, area is materials scientist, or someone who analyzes how substances interact, often to test the quality of manufactured goods. Austin materials scientists are typically paid well — most workers in the field earn more than $140,000 per year. The Austin area also is home to several major tech companies like Dell. Apple and IBM each also employ an estimated 6,000 people apiece in the area.
8. Raleigh, North Carolina
> Pct. of workers in STEM fields: 10.8%
> Most common STEM job: Agricultural sciences teachers, postsecondary
> Avg. STEM median wage: $76,278
> Total employment: 606,510
The area surrounding and including North Carolina’s capital has become one of the nation’s top locations for high tech jobs. The city of Raleigh is home to software company Red Hat, and tech companies such as IBM and Cisco Systems employ thousands in the metro area. Additionally, the area is home to numerous bioscience companies that contribute to developments in health care, faster diagnostics, and sustainable food production.
7. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
> Pct. of workers in STEM fields: 11.0%
> Most common STEM job: Software developers, applications
> Avg. STEM median wage: $82,793
> Total employment: 1,944,160
Nearly one in nine Seattle area workers is employed in a STEM field, with software development being the most common. Thanks to the success of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle is one of the nation’s premiere tech hubs. There are more than 48,000 software developers in the Seattle metro area, accounting for nearly a quarter of STEM workers in the area.
6. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
> Pct. of workers in STEM fields: 11.7%
> Most common STEM job: Astronomers
> Avg. STEM median wage: $93,481
> Total employment: 3,103,530
Washington D.C. is one of the country’s most populous metro areas. Due in large part to its size, the area has the second greatest number of workers employed in STEM occupations, behind only the New York metro area. The D.C. metro area is home to a thriving biotech industry, thanks to its research-heavy universities and major labs, including the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research.