Occupational Employment Statistics

Chart Book, May 2010

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)

STEM occupations are technical jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Although many possible definitions exist, the STEM group is defined here to include computer and mathematical, architecture and engineering, and life and physical science occupations, as well as managerial and postsecondary teaching occupations related to these functional areas, and sales occupations requiring scientific or technical knowledge at the postsecondary level. For more information on STEM occupations, see “Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations: a visual essay” in the May 2011 issue of Monthly Labor Review, available online at www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2011/05/ art1full.pdf.

Figure 7

Most of the largest STEM occupations were related to computers.

Employment and annual mean wages for the largest
STEM occupations, May 2010


Figure 8

Nearly half of the 15,280 biomedical engineers in the United States were employed in three manufacturing industries.

Industry employment for biomedical engineers, May 2010>


Figure 9

Nearly two out of every five medical scientists were employed in scientific research and development services.

Employment and annual mean wages for the largest occupations in scientific research and
development services, May 2010


Figure 10

STEM occupations were among the largest occupations in communications equipment manufacturing.

Employment and annual mean wages for the largest occupations in communications equipment
manufacturing, May 2010


Figure 11

The highest paying life and physical science occupations had mean wages more than double the U.S. average.

Annual mean wages for the highest and lowest paying life and physical science occupations, May 2010


Figure 12

Only one architecture and engineering occupation had below-average wages.

Annual mean wages for the highest and lowest paying architecture and engineering occupations, May 2010


Figure 13

The employment share of biochemists and biophysicists in Durham, NC, was nearly 10 times the U.S. average.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentrations of biochemists and biophysicists, May 2010


Figure 14

Three of the areas with the highest concentrations of mechanical engineers were in Michigan.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentrations of mechanical engineers, May 2010


Figure 15

Framingham, MA, had one of the highest concentrations of STEM occupations in May 2010.

STEM occupations with the highest location quotients
in Framingham, MA, May 2010


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