Left-Brainiest States of the Union

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

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Arizona ranked 20th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 13.42 percent since 2001.

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

Those nationwide (2012): 1.98%

The state's population (2011): 1.89%

The state's employed (2011): 5.01%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Arizona was $73,024 in 2011. Physicists were the highest-paid with an average salary of $109,230.