Utah cities rank among best for STEM graduates

Thursday, February 05, 2015


by Jasen Lee / KSL.com

PROVO — A new report from a renowned Washington D.C. think tank rates Provo as one of the biggest generators of high-tech jobs as well as a top producer of science, technology, engineering and math graduates.

Among Utah cities rated in the study, Provo ranked No. 12, while Ogden ranked No. 14, followed by Salt Lake City at No. 15.

The Brookings Institution this week released “America’s Advanced Industries: What they are, where they are and why they matter.” The comprehensive report examined America’s “advanced industries” sector encompassing 50 industries ranging from manufacturing (auto making and aerospace) to energy (oil and gas extraction) to high-tech services (computer software and computer system design) including health applications.

Utah County has long been recognized as the state’s premier technology hub and one of the fastest growing tech incubators in the nation. Data from the report shows that advanced industries employed 25,090 full-time workers in Provo in 2013. Those jobs paid on average nearly $71,000 annually, compared to an average of just under $40,000 for all other industries in the metro area.

Advanced industries are characterized by heavy involvement with technology research and development, along with science, technology, engineering and math workers.

Provo-Orem, at 19 percent, was also among the 15 large American metro areas with more STEM graduates as a share of the young adult population than global leader Finland — at 22 percent. The U.S. average was 15 percent.

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Category: STEM, Rankings