Percent Employment in STEM Fields
Why is this important?
For the most part, these are the higher paying occupations associated with a strong and vibrant high tech economy. These data also show which occupations are driving the state's economy.
What are the policy implications?
The link between postsecondary education, employment opportunities, and the economy is difficult to establish. However, high values on this measure occur for states that have economies that are likely to attract highly-skilled college graduates - whether from in-state or out-of-state.
Other factors to consider:
See the additional measures for workforce conditions and economic conditions to the left.