Science and technology jobs growing in places you might not expect

by Ryan Streeter on January 17, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

Where are science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs growing the fastest in America? Not in the areas you might think.

Here’s Joel Kotkin on the subject:

From 2001 to 2012, STEM employment actually was essentially flat in the San Francisco and Boston regions and  declined 12.6% in San Jose. The country’s three largest mega regions — Chicago, New York and Los Angeles — all lost tech jobs over the past decade. In contrast, double-digit rate expansions of tech employment have occurred in lower-density metro areas such as Austin, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Houston and Salt Lake City. Indeed, among the larger established tech regions, the only real winners have been Seattle, with its diversified and heavily suburbanized economy, and greater Washington, D.C., the parasitical beneficiary of an ever-expanding federal power, where the number of STEM jobs grew 21% from 2001 to 2012, better than any other of the 51 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas over that period.

Here are the top 20 metro regions, taken from a list of the top 51, with the fastest STEM growth over the past decade.