Appalachia's Stem Occupation Forecast: Projections of the High-Growth, High-Wage Stem Occupations Through 2024

The Appalachia's STEM Occupation Forecast identifies the high-growth, high-wage STEM occupations in four states in the Appalachian region — Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. School, district, and postsecondary staff, as well as state policymakers can use the brief as a resource to inform the development and expansion of STEM education and training in the region.

The brief finds that:

  • Through 2024, architectural and engineering managers; civil engineers; cost estimators; dietitians & nutritionists; electrical engineers; environmental engineers; family and general practitioners; industrial engineers; mechanical engineers; post-secondary health specialties teachers; and statistician occupations; are projected as the high-growth, high-wage STEM occupations in the Appalachian region.
  • Civil engineering is projected as a high-growth, high-wage occupation for all four Appalachian states, with projected increases of 90 (West Virginia) to 751 (Virginia) occupations between 2014 and 2024.
  • There is some variation in the projected growth in employment and wages across the region. Unique to Tennessee, architectural & engineering managers are forecasted as a high-growth, high-wage STEM occupation through 2024. In Virginia, family & general practitioner and electrical engineering occupations are among the five projected high-growth, high-wage occupations expected between 2014 and 2024. Exclusive to West Virginia, statistician; and dietitians & nutritionist occupations are projected as a high-growth, high-wage occupation through 2024.
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