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May 2011

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations: a visual essay

Benjamin Cover, John I. Jones, Audrey L. Watson

STEM occupations—technical jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—play an instrumental role in expanding scientific frontiers, developing new products, and generating technological progress. These occupations are concentrated in cutting-edge industries such as computer systems design, scientific research and development, and high-tech manufacturing industries. Although educational requirements vary, most of these occupations require a bachelor's degree or higher. Accordingly, STEM occupations are high-paying occupations, with most having mean wages significantly above the U.S. average. Using May 2009 data from the Occupational Employment Statistics program, this visual essay takes a closer look at STEM occupations.

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