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National STEM Day: November 8, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.153

From Census.gov > America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers > Does Majoring in STEM Lead to a STEM Job After Graduation? (June 02, 2021):

STEM Majors Earned More Than Other STEM Workers

Majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) does not guarantee a job in a STEM occupation but it typically means a bump in pay.

Among the 50 million employed college graduates ages 25 to 64 in 2019, 37% reported a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering but only 14% worked in a STEM occupation, according to the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.

This translates into less than a third (28%) of STEM-educated workers actually working in a STEM job.

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STEM workers who majored in a STEM field in college typically made higher salaries than those who did not: on average, $101,100 vs. $87,600.

Key Stats

Source: 2021 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. 

Note: The table above is condensed to hide all margin of error columns and all rows under each occupational category. Click on the image for the full table.

More Stats

From Business and Economy / Surveys and Programs the following tables have data (newest to oldest) for sector NAICS 541: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services:

Note: Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes is a new set of statistics on the earnings outcomes and employment flows of graduates of select post-secondary institutions in the United States. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs.

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