See Where Worcester Ranks for STEM Professionals
Thursday, January 12, 2017
“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,” said WalletHub.
Worcester is ranked 71st for professional opportunities and 417th for STEM-Friendly environment.
Worcester ranks 55th behind Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee, and New Haven-Milford, Connecticut who rank 53rd and 54th respectively. Worcester ranks ahead of Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD who rank 56th and 57th respectively.
The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington area is ranked as the best pace for Stem jobs professionals, while Jackson, Mississippi is ranked as the worst area for STEM jobs.
See the rankings in the map below.
In order to determine the best job markets for STEM professionals, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) — metro area, for short — across two key dimensions, namely “Professional Opportunities” and “STEM-Friendly Environment.”
They evaluated those dimensions using 17 key metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most favorable conditions for STEM professionals.
WalletHub then calculated the overall score for each metro area based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to rank the metro areas.
Professional Opportunities – Total Points: 70
- Job Openings for STEM Graduates per Capita: Double Weight (~13.33 Points)
- Share of Workforce in STEM: Double Weight (~13.33 Points)
- Projected Demand for STEM Jobs by 2020*: Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
- STEM-Employment Growth: Double Weight (~13.33 Points)
- Unemployment Rate for Residents with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
- Research & Development (R&D) Spending*: Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
- Research & Development (R&D) Intensity*: Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
- Utility Patents*: Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
- Annual Median Wage for STEM Workers: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
- Annual Median Wage Growth for STEM Workers (2013-2015): Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
STEM-Friendly Environment – Total Points: 30
- Mathematics Performance*: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Share of Best Engineering Schools: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Quality of Engineering Universities: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Housing Affordability: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Transit Accessibility of Workplace: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
- Recreation-Friendliness: Half Weight (~2.50 Points)
- Family-Friendliness: Half Weight (~2.50 Points)
Related Slideshow: 10 MA State Education Rankings
4th Grade Test Scores
Rank: #3 out of 50
State Average Score: 253
National Average Score: 241
Rank: #1 out of 50
State Average Score: 232
National Average Score: 221
8th Grade Test Scores
Rank: #1 out of 50
State Average Score: 301
National Average Score: 284
Rank: #1 out of 50
State Average Score: 277
National Average Score: 266
Average Daily Attendance
Rank: #17 out of 50
State Average: 94.9%
National Average: 96.7%
Note: Figure reflects the aggregate attendance of a school during a reporting period divided by the number of days school is in session during this period.
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