Nearly one in four jobs in the Baltimore area requires skills in science, technology, engineering and math, a concentration that ranks among the top 10 in the country and brings wealth to the region, according a report released Monday.
The Baltimore area ranks No. 8 on a list of metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of jobs requiring high-level knowledge in STEM, the acronym by which the fields are known. The nearly 282,000 STEM jobs in the region in 2011 made up 23.1 percent of all jobs, according to the Brookings Institution report, "The Hidden Stem Economy."
The STEM jobs pay handsomely, the report found. The average STEM job paid $75,133 in the Baltimore area in 2011, and STEM jobs requiring at least a bachelor's degree paid $87,857 on average. Non-STEM jobs paid an average of $43,075 in the Baltimore area in 2011, or $68,027 if they require a college degree.