Left-Brainiest States of the Union

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-05-14T14:41:54Z

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Nebraska ranked 31st in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 2.96 percent since 2001.

The ranking was based on STEM professionals as a percentage of:

Those nationwide (2012): 0.59%

The state's population (2011): 2.2%

The state's employed (2011): 4.26%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Nebraska was $66,973 in 2011. Aerospace engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $107,560.