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June 14, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations, May 2009

Selected science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations, employment and mean annual wage, May 2009
Occupation Employment Mean annual wage

Computer support specialists

540,560 $47,360

Computer systems analysts

512,720 $80,430

Computer software engineers, applications

495,500 $90,170

Sales representatives, wholesale/manufacturing, technical/scientific products

406,140 $81,370

Computer software engineers, systems software

385,200 $96,620

Computer programmers

367,880 $74,690

Network and computer systems administrators

338,890 $70,930

Computer and information systems managers

287,210 $120,640

Civil engineers

259,320 $81,180

Mechanical engineers

232,660 $80,580

Engineering managers

178,110 $122,810

Natural sciences managers

44,180 $127,000

Petroleum engineers

25,540 $119,960


13,630 $111,250

These data are featured in the TED article, Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations, May 2009.


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