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Here's where Austin ranks among best U.S. cities for STEM professionals

Here's where Austin ranks among best cities for STEM professionals

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Austin is primed to attract STEM professionals.  Photo by Getty Images

Austin has been heralded as a great place to find a job in many instances, so it may come as no surprise that when it comes to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Capital City is primed for professionals.

The city ranked No. 4 out of the 100 largest metros in the United States in a study conducted by WalletHub. The 17 metrics corresponded to professional opportunities, STEM friendliness, or quality of life. Within those categories, Austin ranked No. 8, No. 14, and No. 24, respectively.

Some of the areas where the Austin area stood out is in quality of engineering universities (3); highest annual median wage for STEM workers (4); and wage growth, where it tied for first with McAllen, Texas.

Elsewhere in Texas, Houston ranked No. 33. While Houston seems to be predicted to need STEM professionals, the city currently has among the worst STEM employment growth and among the highest unemployment rate for STEM professionals with a Bachelor's degree or higher.

Dallas followed at No. 38, and actually performed similarly to Houston across the categories.

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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