For years, local officials have made it their goal to attract tech jobs to the Washington region. The 2017 WalletHub survey of top 100 metro areas for STEM professionals — those in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — suggests such efforts are paying off. Overall, the Washington metro statistical area* ranked ninth, after Seattle; San Jose; San Francisco; Boston; Springfield, Mass.; Austin; Minneapolis and Atlanta; and before Pittsburgh. The lowest-ranked metro area was Jackson, Miss. Here are several key statistics, some heartening (the region is ranked No. 1 for projected demand for STEM jobs), some less so (it’s 80th in research and development spending) and some downright worrisome (it’s ranked last in mathematics performance).

RANK

1

Projected demand

for STEM jobs

by 2020

14.9%

2

Share of workforce

in STEM

11.7%

6

Job openings for

STEM graduates

per 1,000

residents

80.3

7

STEM employment

growth

19.1%

34

Unemployment

rate for residents

with at least a

bachelor’s degree

3.1%

65

Workplace transit

accessibility

72

Annual median

wage for STEM

workers

$69,680

80

R&D spending

$3.9 billion

90

Housing

affordability

98

Mathematics

performance,

4th-grade math

test scores

100

Mathematics

performance,

8th-grade math

test scores

*Washington-

Arlington-

Alexandria,

D.C.-Va.-Md.-

W.Va. metropolitan

statistical area

For years, local officials have made it their goal to attract tech jobs to the Washington region. The 2017 WalletHub survey of top 100 metro areas for STEM professionals — those in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math — suggests such efforts are paying off. Overall, the Washington metro statistical area* ranked ninth, after Seattle; San Jose; San Francisco; Boston; Springfield, Mass.; Austin; Minneapolis and Atlanta; and before Pittsburgh. The lowest-ranked metro area was Jackson, Miss. Here are several key statistics, some heartening (the region is ranked No. 1 for projected demand for STEM jobs), some less so (it’s 80th in research and development spending) and some downright worrisome (it’s ranked last in mathematics performance).

RANK

1

2

6

7

34

65

Projected demand

Share of workforce

Job openings for

STEM employment

Unemployment

Workplace transit

for STEM jobs

in STEM

STEM graduates

growth

rate for residents

accessibility

by 2020

per 1,000

with at least a

11.7%

19.1%

residents

bachelor’s degree

14.9%

80.3

3.1%

72

80

90

98

100

*Washington-

Arlington-

Alexandria,

Annual median

R&D spending

Housing

Mathematics

Mathematics

D.C.-Va.-Md.-

affordability

wage for STEM

performance,

performance,

$3.9 billion

W.Va. metropolitan

workers

4th-grade math

8th-grade math

statistical area

test scores

test scores

$69,680