Technology has taken over the world. It’s no surprise, then, that STEM positions are some of the most in-demand jobs on the market. But if you’re looking to continue your career in STEM, it’s all about location.
NerdWallet recently released a list of the top ten cities for STEM graduates, with options all over the country. They considered the number of STEM jobs per 1,000 job postings, the average salary, and the cost of living for each respective city. Whether you’d like to move to a tech hub or you’re investigating the potential of your city, this list will help you pinpoint the top ten cities for STEM jobs in the U.S.
The Top 10
According to their report, the top ten cities are:
- Huntsville, AL
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
3. Boulder, CO
4. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
5. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
6. Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington
7. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
8. Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia
9. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
10. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
Each of these cities promises unique and exciting opportunities, so it’s up to you to find which one meets your needs. For instance, Silicon Valley in the #2 spot touts the highest salaries (and the highest cost of living) as well as the largest STEM job market in the U.S. Clocking in at #1, Huntsville has comparatively lower salaries but a remarkably affordable cost of living. This list is a healthy mix of both, so if your salary is more important than your cost of living (or vice versa), then you have a lot to choose from.
Additionally each city might have its own specialty that speaks to your skills, training, or education. Huntsville is known for aviation and aerospace, while Houston attracts experts in aerospace, energy, biotechnology and life sciences.
After you’ve considered these factors, you can focus on the landscape and culture of each city. One thing that NerdWallet researchers noticed is that coastal cities tend to outperform inland cities. With that in mind, you still have a variety of options– from the mountains of Boulder to the beaches of Palm Bay.
The Future for STEM Graduates
No matter what your field or where you live, the outlook for STEM graduates is bright. This growing industry has an ever-growing demand for fresh talent, so you’ll have little trouble finding work. However, these 10 cities provide the best opportunities with the most bang for your buck.
If you already live in one of these cities, then get out there and find your dream job. Otherwise, pack your things and make your way to one of the top 10 cities in STEM.