STEM Degrees Awarded

About this Indicator

Nationally, the number of job openings in most STEM occupational areas is expected to increase faster than the average growth rate of all occupations.[1] The production of STEM graduates has also been underscored as a critical step towards maintaining international competitiveness in a global knowledge-innovation economy.

This indicator measures the number of degrees awarded for every 1,000 people aged 18-24. Undergraduate majors corresponding to STEM fields include such disciplines as biology, physics, computer science, engineering, and mathematics.

Data Source

National Science Board. Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, State Indicators.


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[1] U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational outlook handbook, 2018-2028.