Warner Robins rates high in STEM-related jobs, survey says

Warner Robins ranks high among cities across the country for STEM-related jobs.

The International City was No. 15 on a list of cities for jobs in science, technology, engineering or math, according to NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website.

Computer and math-related occupations led the way. Most of the high-ranked places on the list, such as the metro areas around San Jose, California; Boulder, Colorado; and Seattle, are tech hubs known for their sizable computer-related job markets.

Growing interest in STEM fields reflects trends in the job market, the report said. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary in 2014 for occupations in STEM fields was about $81,000, about 72 percent higher than the $47,000 average salary for all occupations.

Computer and math-related occupations were the most prevalent and lucrative of the STEM fields. They made up 52 percent of all STEM jobs and had an average salary of $83,970, compared with $81,520 for all engineering and architecture jobs and $70,070 for all life, physical and social science occupations.

NerdWallet analyzed factors in 354 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas, including the number of STEM jobs for every 1,000 employees in each metro area, and also looked at the annual mean salary for STEM jobs and median rent.

At No. 15, Warner Robins ranked just below the Austin, Texas, area. The list said there were about 84 STEM-related jobs per 1,000 employees in Warner Robins that paid more than $78,000. Average rent there is about $805 a month.