Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations –There were nearly 9.1 million STEM jobs representing 6.3 percent of total U.S. employment. –Seven of the 10 largest STEM occupations were related to computers and included applications software developers (903,160) and computer user support specialists (630,700). (See table 1.) –Areas with the highest employment shares of STEM occupations were California-Lexington Park, Md. (27.4 percent), and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (21.0 percent). –STEM occupations had an annual mean wage of $93,070, compared with $49,170 for non-STEM occupations. Ninety-three of the 99 STEM occupations had mean wages significantly above the all-occupations average of $51,960. (See table 1.) –The highest paying STEM occupations were petroleum engineers ($156,370) and the three STEM-related management occupations. (See table 1.) –The lowest paying STEM occupations were forest and conservation technicians ($40,110) and agricultural and food science technicians ($44,170). (See table 1.) Occupations included in the STEM definition used for this news release are available at www.bls.gov/oes/stem_list_2018.xlsx. Additional STEM charts are available at www.bls.gov/oes/current/overview_2018.htm.
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