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Raleigh-Cary No. 8 for STEM graduates

Meredith Hamrick                                            stem diploma
Triangle Business Journal

Out of 75 of the biggest metro areas in the U.S., the Raleigh-Cary metro is the No. 8 best place for STEM graduates, says aNerdWallet ranking published Monday.

With companies like SAS and North Carolina State University’s STEM resources, the region is a “major center for technology and research,” the financial website says.

The ranking considered factors such as annual mean wage, median gross rent and the number of STEM jobs as a percentage of total jobs available in the area.

STEM workers in the Raleigh-Cary metro earn an annual mean wage of $77,000 and pay a median gross rent of about $880. STEM occupations represent some 9 percent of all jobs in the area.

San Jose, Calif.; Seattle and Washington, D.C. topped the list, in that order.

STEM workers in San Jose get paid an annual mean wage of about $112,000, and STEM occupations represent 17 percent of all jobs. We’re not quite there yet, Raleigh.

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