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Rochester ranks 51st nationally in STEM report

Rochester Business Journal
July 3, 2014

Rochester ranks among the bottom half of metro areas nationwide for its science, technology, engineering and math job vacancies and the amount of time it took to fill those jobs, a new report from the Brookings Institution shows.

The report, “Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills,” ranks Rochester 51st of the nation’s largest 100 metropolitan areas in terms of the total number of ads for job openings in the first quarter 2013. The area had 4,852 STEM job ads during the quarter.

It took employers in Rochester more than 30 days to fill STEM jobs during the quarter, the report shows, ranking the region 78th. The average market value of the advertised skill requirements in the area was $56,499, ranking Rochester 60th among the top 100 metro areas.

The majority of STEM jobs advertised in Rochester in the first quarter 2013 were in computer and mathematical science occupations, averaging $69,752. It took employers nearly 37 days to fill STEM jobs in the category.

STEM jobs in the health care practitioner and technical occupations took the longest to fill in the Rochester area. Ads ran some 43 days for the category.

The report found STEM positions take nearly twice as long to fill than openings in other fields. Computer skills are associated with the highest salaries and longest advertisement duration times among all major occupational groups, the report shows.

With 5,875 STEM job ads placed, Buffalo ranked 44th among the largest 100 metro areas in total number of ads for job openings during the first quarter last year. Syracuse ranked 65th, with 3,261 STEM jobs advertised.

The results show that skills common to STEM occupations are in short supply relative to demand and are valued more by employers, the report’s authors note.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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