The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its January 2017 Spotlight on Statistics issue featuring "STEM Occupations:  Past, Present, and Future." 

This issue examines the employment and wages in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations.

STEM Occupations: Past, Present and Future

Due to scientific advances, we have witnessed enormous technological leaps over time. 

In this issue of Spotlight on Statistics, BLS uses data from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) and BLS Employment Projections to take a closer look at STEM occupations and their forecast.

Periodic Table of STEM Occupations

The U.S. had nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in 2015.  Seven out of the ten largest career fields in STEM occupations were computer-related.

In addition, 93% of STEM occupations had wages above the national average.  States with higher shares of STEM jobs had higher overall wages.

STEM occupations also exhibited higher than average occupational growth.

Over 99% of STEM employment was in occupations that typically require some type of postsecondary education for job entry, compared with 36% of overall employment.

Interactive Periodic Table of STEM Occupations

For more information on STEM occupations, please refer to BLS' online searchable periodic table of STEM occupations modeled after the periodic table of elements. 

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