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Raleigh-Cary #1 Metro with the Highest Concentration of Engineering and Engineering Technology Degrees

Via New Geography and Joshua Wright of EMSI

Engineering (and Engineering Technologies)

The are 37,138 more engineering and engineering technology degrees in 2012 than 2003, a 37% increase. Related jobs in the U.S. have increased 5.7% during that time. The biggest degree increases have come in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil engineering.

Tulsa has seen the largest percentage increase (222%) of engineering/engineering technology degrees among the 150 largest metros. What explains the huge jump? It mostly stems from a massive increase in output of engineering technology degrees in the area. For example, the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa produced 454 engineering tech degrees in 2003, up from 57 in 2003.

In San Jose, Ann Arbor, Raleigh, and Tulsa, at least 15% all associate’s-and-above degrees awarded are in engineering or engineering technologt. Raleigh has the highest concentration at 17%. The national share is 5%, so Raleigh’s concentration index is 3.36 — meaning it’s more than three times as concentrated as the national average (1.00).

The following table gives the metros with the highest concentration of engineering and engineering technology degrees:

MSA
Engineering Degrees (2003)
Engineering Degrees (2012)
Growth/Decline
Concentration
Raleigh-Cary, NC
2,091
2,201
5%
3.36
Tulsa, OK
335
1,079
222%
3.22
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
2,809
3,472
24%
3.08
Ann Arbor, MI
2,220
2,881
30%
2.99
Huntsville, AL
409
691
69%
2.75
Dayton, OH
1,003
1,504
50%
2.25
Worcester, MA
568
1,088
92%
2.23
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC
715
1,059
48%
2.13
Baton Rouge, LA
839
1,019
21%
2.13
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
366
660
80%
2.02
Salinas, CA
262
506
93%
1.91
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
329
362
10%
1.82
Peoria, IL
231
309
34%
1.72
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
884
741
-16%
1.68
Knoxville, TN
597
839
41%
1.67
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
2,851
3,633
27%
1.67
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
1,741
2,136
23%
1.65
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
286
450
57%
1.62
Pittsburgh, PA
2,611
2,886
11%
1.59
Flint, MI
488
492
1%
1.58
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
293
373
27%
1.56
Wichita, KS
329
462
40%
1.55
Madison, WI
1,320
1,314
0%
1.53
York-Hanover, PA
156
151
-3%
1.50
Toledo, OH
874
891
2%
1.50

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