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Brookings: Few Las Vegas job openings require science, math skills

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LAS VEGAS -- A new Brookings Institution study found that a relatively low percentage of advertised job openings in the Las Vegas metropolitan area job require science, technology, engineering or mathematics skills.

But the Washington, D.C., think tank found that Las Vegas has one of the nation’s highest percentages of job vacancies requiring so-called STEM skills for applicants with less than a college bachelor’s degree.

The study, which used a database from the Boston labor market information company Burning Glass, was based on an analysis of employment ads that ran in the first quarter of 2013.

Of the 6,849 ads for job openings in Las Vegas during that period -- a number that ranked the area 39th among the nation’s 100 largest metros -- only one-third required STEM skills. That ranked Las Vegas 82nd.

Only 17.6 percent of the Las Vegas ads required both STEM skills and at least a bachelor’s degree, placing the metro area 91st. But 15.8 percent of the ads specified both STEM skills and less than a bachelor’s degree, placing Las Vegas eighth.

The report calculated that the average market value of advertised skill requirements in Las Vegas was $55,590, good enough for only 74th place.

The most ads in Las Vegas, 1,090, were for sales and related occupations, with an average salary of $58,855.

That was followed by health care practitioners and technical occupations (1,003 ads, $60,398), office and administrative support occupations (910 ads, $49,826), management occupations (580 ads, $61,925), computer and mathematical science occupations (478 ads, $66,530), food preparation and serving related occupations (417 ads, $47,206), and business and financial operations occupations (409 ads, $59,058).

In the first quarter of 2013 it took Las Vegas employers 32.3 days on average to fill a job opening that required both STEM skills and at least a bachelor’s degree. But it took employers only 22.6 days on average to fill openings for non-STEM jobs that required no more than a high school education.


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