Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Top 15 Cities for Employment in Advanced Industries

By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services
Graphic by Brittney Bodden

If you’re considering working in an advanced industry after you graduate, you might want to think about moving to one of the 15 U.S. cities listed below.

What is an advanced industry, you ask? According to a recent Brookings Institution report, advanced industries meet two pieces of criteria: deep engagement with research and development (or R&D), and a deep knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM). Examples range from automotive manufacturing to computer systems design.

The Brookings report notes that production for advanced industries primarily takes place in metropolitan areas, and more than two-thirds of the top 15 metro areas for advanced industry production are located in the west or the Sun Belt. The Institution determined the cities with the highest “advanced industry intensities” by calculating the percentage that advanced industry employment makes up of the total employment in each region.

These rankings show that a whopping 30 percent of jobs in San Jose, California fall into the category of advanced industries, which is well ahead of the 14 cities that follow (Seattle, which ranked second in intensity, is at 16 percent). In fact, San Jose’s workforce includes 18 different advanced industries, and nearly half of them involve manufacturing.

Take a look at the map below to see the percentage and total number of advance industry employees in each city:

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