S&E Job Market

How do states compare in employment in S&E jobs?

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How do states compare in employment in S&E jobs?

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Individuals in S&E occupations as a percentage of the workforce, by state: 2010
S&E = science and engineering. S&E occupations are those in biological/agricultural/environmental life sciences, physical sciences, computer sciences, mathematics/statistics, engineering, psychology, and social sciences. Physical sciences = chemistry, physics, astronomy, and earth/ocean/atmospheric sciences.

Main Finding

In 2010, 4.0% of the U.S. workforce (about 5.5 million people) worked in occupations classified as S&E.

Key Observations

  • In 2010, the District of Columbia had the highest percentage of the workforce engaged in S&E occupations – 19.9%. The S&E percentage for the individual states ranged from 2.0% to 6.6%.
  • Virginia (6.6%) and Maryland (6.0%), the two states adjacent to the District of Columbia, were among the 5 states with the highest percentages of S&E workers. The other 3 were Massachusetts (6.6%), Colorado (5.9%), and Washington (5.8%).