Illinois ranked 15th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state
has lost 2.4 percent of its science, technology, engineering and
mathematics jobs since 2001.
The ranking was based on STEM professionals as a percentage
Those nationwide (2012): 3.73%
The state's population (2011): 2.09%
The state's employed (2011): 4.37%
Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Illinois
was $76,114 in 2011. Medical scientists, not including epidemiologists, were
the highest-paid with an average salary of $112,260.