Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Nevada tied for 48th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 16.24 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 0.5%

The state's population (2011): 1.11%

The state's employed (2011): 2.86%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Nevada was $69,828 in 2011. Computer network architects were the highest-paid with an average salary of $96,760.