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Employer Demand for STEM Graduate Students

Getting Started!

The interactive data visualizations below present overviews of employer demand for occupations in seven career areas for Master’s and PhD-level Graduate Center students studying STEM disciplines. You can learn more about the types of jobs available in each of the seven career areas by using the data visualizations to focus in on geographic location, the education level employers are seeking, and the years of experience required for different roles. From there, you can see common job titles, skills and certifications that are important to employers, and industries and employers that are currently hiring.

Job Posting Data

Interested in Knowing a Little More about the Data?

Data presented in the visualizations were extracted from Burning Glass Labor Insight, a data source that scrapes the internet for all publicly-accessible online job postings and uses them to provide real-time labor market Information about employer priorities and demand for different job roles. The data visualizations below reflect online job postings for the six-month period between January 1 – June 30, 2021.

Job postings were selected using 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes, which are codes developed by the Department of Labor to classify workers into occupational categories based on their job duties. The set of occupations were primarily identified using the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) to SOC Crosswalk from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a tool that links academic programs to relevant occupations. These results were supplemented with additional relevant
occupations identified using Burning Glass.

The combined list of occupations was analyzed in Burning Glass to generate occupation-specific aggregated totals of job posting characteristics, including common job titles for given occupations, location of job opportunities, as well as complementary in-demand skills and certifications, potential employers, hiring industries, and level of education and experience being sought by employers.

The following analyses aim to identify career opportunities for Graduate Center STEM graduates and postdocs in seven career areas. We pulled data from relevant job postings available between January 1 and June 30, 2021, to discover in-demand occupations, as well complementary job titles, skills, certifications, and employers.


This project was funded by the CUNY Central Office Career Success – Workforce Development Initiative. The data was compiled by the NYC Labor Market Information Service (LMIS) at the Center for Urban Research, and this resource was created as a collaboration between LMIS and the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development.