Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Missouri ranked 25th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 24.35 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 1.81%

The state's population (2011): 1.71%

The state's employed (2011): 4.58%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Missouri was $70,185 in 2011. Actuaries were the highest-paid with an average salary of $101,690.