Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Idaho ranks 26th in Bloomberg STEM survey

Doing a routine sweep for stories about Idaho (in the newspaper business this would be called "sorting the wire"), we ran across this May 14 story from Bloomberg ranking the states with the highest concentrations of professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Idaho tied for 26th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state has lost 0.41 percent of its science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs since 2001.

The ranking was based on STEM professionals as a percentage of:
  • Those nationwide (2012): 0.49%
  • The state's population (2011): 2.16%
  • The state's employed (2011): 4.75%
Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Idaho was $64,583 in 2011. Medical scientists, not including epidemiologists, were the highest-paid with an average salary of $154,990.

Here's the link to the story: Left Brainiest States of the Union: Red, White and Nerdy