STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math, and jobs that require a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math related subjects are currently the most in demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To determine which companies are currently hiring the most STEM professionals, Forbes turned to job search site Indeed.com, which reviewed all postings for open STEM jobs, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET OnLine application.
The numbers indicate a strong gauge of current national hiring demand for STEM jobs.
“We are continuing to see that the amount of STEM jobs available is higher than the supply of professionals within these fields,” says Dr. Tara Sinclair, economist with Indeed.com and professor at the George Washington University.
According to BLS data, the annual average wage for all STEM occupations is approximately 1.7 times the national annual average wage for all occupations.
- Topping the list is Seattle-based Amazon. The world’s largest online retailer is currently looking to fill thousands of STEM jobs.
- Aerospace and defense technology companies are also strongly represented in the hunt for STEM talent, with Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman all making the list with more than 1,000 job openings at each.
- Information technology and software companies, naturally, are also seeking those with science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Oracle, Diverse Lynx, IBM, CSC, and CSC subsidiary AppLabs all appear further down the list.
- Multinational banking behemoth JPMorgan Chase is the standalone financial services organization that cracks the top 10 companies seeking the most STEM talent.
“Occupations that require extensive computer and mathematical expertise continue to be difficult for companies to fill,” says Sinclair. “We are continuing to see a substantial mismatch in terms of the number of job postings within these fields and the amount of job seekers searching within these categories. This trend is something that we expect to continue to see across the board, as companies across many industries will continue to search for employees with STEM expertise as they grow more and more reliant on technology.”