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Dallas has room to grow among best U.S. cities for STEM professionals

Dallas has room to grow among best U.S. cities for STEM professionals

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The demand for STEM professionals will continue to grow. Photo by Getty Images

The Dallas area has been heralded as a great place to find a job, so it may be surprising that when it comes to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the city isn't primed for professionals.

The city ranked No. 38 out of the 100 largest metros in the United States in a new study conducted by WalletHub. The 17 metrics corresponded to professional opportunities, STEM friendliness, or quality of life. Within those categories, Dallas ranked No. 41, No. 24, and No. 68, respectively.

"STEM workers are in fierce demand, and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley," WalletHub says. "According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis, STEM professions grew at over twice the rate that non-STEM jobs did between 2009 and 2015. Most types of STEM jobs will also expand faster than all other occupations until 2024."

One of the areas where Dallas stood out was the highest annual median wage growth for STEM workers, which was adjusted for cost of living.

"Given their growing demand, STEM careers today provide some of the most lucrative employment opportunities," WalletHub says. "They pay higher salaries and boast far fewer threats of unemployment compared with other types of jobs."

Elsewhere in Texas, Austin ranked a respectable No. 4, and Houston came in just above Dallas, at No. 33. Houston actually performed similar to Dallas across the categories, while Austin's scores reflected that the city provided the 8th best STEM professional opportunities in the country.

Rounding out the top five on the list was Seattle at No. 1, Boston at No. 2, Pittsburgh at No. 3, and San Francisco at No.5.

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A version of this story was published on our sister site, InnovationMap.