Colorado Metro Areas in Top 15 for Most High-Tech Jobs
Known as a leader in the tech-sector, Boulder is one of 15 major metropolitan areas with at least nine percent of the workforce employed in STEM science, technology, engineering and math fields. (Photo: Unsplash).
Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder
Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Boulder ranks fourth among U.S. cities with the most high-tech jobs, according to a study by 24/7 Wall St. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood is
No. 15 on the top 15 list.

Known as a leader in the tech-sector, Boulder is one of 15 major metropolitan areas with at least nine percent of the workforce employed in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math fields.

STEM jobs are in computing, manufacturing, engineering, health care and other area, and come with better pay and job security, says a Pew Research Center study. One area of focus for high tech jobs is artificial intelligence and automation. About a quarter of U.S. jobs could be replaced by advanced technology, reports the nonprofit public policy organization Brookings Institution.

To determine metros with the highest number of high-tech jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. labor force by city. Here’s the rundown:

1. California-Lexington Park, Maryland

Located near Washington D.C., the area has many defense contractors such as some of the area’s largest employers BAE Systems, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

– Total employment: 45,460
– STEM workers: 24.8%
– Most common STEM job: Aerospace engineers
– Average STEM median wage: $102,826

2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

The Silicon Valley area is home to well-known tech companies including Google and Apple.

– Total employment: 1,089,070
– STEM workers: 20.1%
– Most common STEM job: Computer hardware engineers
– Average STEM median wage: $99,422

3. Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville has a rich history in aerospace engineering, and companies like Boeing and Blue Origin employ 4,000 aerospace engineers, more than any other major metro area.

– Total employment: 222,080
– STEM workers: 15.7%
– Most common STEM job: Aerospace engineers
– Average STEM median wage: $80,483

4. Boulder, Colorado

Satellite offices for Google and Amazon employ STEM workers. Government facilities such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) employ physicists and other STEM workers to research and make discoveries about Earth and our atmosphere. Also the University of Colorado turns out graduates from strong STEM programs.

– Total employment: 178,460
– STEM workers: 15.7%
– Most common STEM job: Physicists
– Average STEM median wage: $86,609

5. Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Located in the Research Triangle, the area has three major universities producing STEM graduates.

– Total employment: 298,540
– STEM workers: 12.3%
– Most common STEM job: Natural sciences managers
– Average STEM median wage: $81,911

15. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado

Telecommunications companies Dish Networks and CenturyLink and health care companies like Denver Health and Kaiser Permanente are some of the areas employers of STEM workers. Even so, Denver-area STEM workers are most likely to work as a mining or geological engineer.

– Total employment: 1,443,130
– STEM workers: 9.2%
– Most common STEM job: Mining and geological engineers, mining safety engineers
– Average STEM median wage: $81,672

To identify cities with the most high-tech jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed metropolitan statistical area (MSA)-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) database for 2017. Average wages for STEM jobs and total employment were also derived from OES data.

Read the report at 247wallst.com/special-report/2019/02/27/15-cities-with-the-most-high-tech-jobs-3.

By Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder. Tom is the owner and founder of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail tomkalinski33@gmail.com, call 303.441.5620 or visit boulderco.com.