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Spring 2007 Vol. 51, Number 1

High-tech jobs for a high-tech economy

by Nicholas Terrell


Job prospects

STEM workers hold jobs in every State. But six States—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Virginia, and Illinois—accounted for 40 percent of these jobs in 2005.

Growing demand for technological advances means more jobs for STEM workers. BLS projects job growth for STEM occupations as a whole between 2004 and 2014.

Nearly all the major STEM groups are expected to have about the same rate of growth as the national average. The exception is computer specialist occupations, which are expected to grow much faster than the average. (See table 2.)

Projected job growth varies widely by specific occupation, from a 55-percent projected growth for network systems and data communications analysts to about a 2-percent decline for mining and geological engineers.

More STEM workers also will be needed to replace those who are leaving these occupations. Many highly skilled workers will retire, change careers, or move to management positions over the next decade. Between 2004 and 2014, employers are expected to hire about 2.5 million STEM workers who are entering their occupation for the first time.

For more information

Although this article describes STEM occupations generally, there are important distinctions among the occupations. Detailed information about these occupations is in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook is available in many libraries and career counseling offices and is online at

Detailed earnings and employment information is also available from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey. The information is online at Specific projections of job growth in occupations and industries are available from the BLS Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment
Projections. This information is also available online at

To receive BLS information by phone or in another format, call (202) 691-5200.

More information about careers in STEM occupations is available from professional associations. In addition to the associations listed below, the Handbook lists some associations for each occupation it describes.

To learn about engineering careers and activities, contact:

American Design Drafting Association
105 E. Main St.
Newbern, TN 38059
(731) 627-0802

American Society for Engineering Education
1818 N St. NW., Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-3500

Junior Engineering Technical Society
1420 King St., Suite 405
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-5387

To learn more about mathematics careers and for help learning math, contact:

American Mathematical Society
201 Charles St.
Providence, RI 02904
Toll-free: 1 (800) 321-4267

Mathematical Association of America
1529 18th St. NW.
Washington, DC 20036
Toll-free: 1 (800) 741-9415

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
3600 University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 382-9800

For more information about the STEM workforce, contact:

Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology
1200 New York Ave. NW., Suite 113
Washington, DC 20005

To learn more about summer camps, tutoring, and other special STEM programs, check with school counselors, school district offices, and professional associations.


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