Missouri sits in the middle of the pack in terms of left-brained jobs in the state. The Show-Me State ranks 25th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in Bloomberg’s STEM Index, which takes into account several measures of people who hold science, technology engineering and mathematics (or “STEM”) jobs in each state.
Bloomberg research shows that Missouri’s number of STEM jobs has increased 24.35 percent since 2001. Missouri accounts for just more than 1.8 percent of all STEM professionals nationwide. About 1.7 percent of Missourians — and 4.6 percent of the state’s employed residents — work in a STEM profession.
The average pay for STEM professionals in the state was $70,185, with actuaries earning the highest average pay of the group at $101,690 per year.
Illinois, which ranked 15th, was the only one of Missouri’s neighboring states to rank ahead of the Show-Me State. Kansas (28th), Nebraska (31st), Iowa (35th), Oklahoma (tied for 37th), Tennessee (tied for 40th), Kentucky (tied for 46th) and Arkansas (tied for 48th) all rank behind Missouri in the STEM Index.
Virginia tops the STEM list, followed by Massachusetts and Washington. Mississippi ranks last on the list.