Study Finds Engineering and Computer Science Jobs Vital to Utah’s Economy

SALT LAKE CITY – In 2020, the engineering and computer science workforce created more than 238,000 jobs in the state, representing nearly 15% of Utah’s $200 billion economy . That’s according to the most recent report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

“The emphasis on engineering and computer science education by state leaders in the early 2000s created enormous benefits for Utah‘s economy,” said Levi Pace, economist senior research fellow at the Gardner Institute and lead author of the report, in a press release. . “Engineers, technicians and professionals in related professions play an increasingly active role in the economy and society. In addition to these wider economic and societal benefits, data shows favorable returns on investments in education in terms of personal income, both in the short and long term.

The important conclusions of the report are as follows:

  • State Comparison – Engineering employment growth in Utah has increased five times that of engineering employment in the United States since 2000.
  • Student Degree Completion – In 2020, there were over 3,700 engineering and computer science graduates. In 2000, there were 1,540 graduates in these two career fields.
  • Revenue – In 2020, those with engineering jobs had an annual income of $96,600. Those employed in the computer field earned a salary of $89,500 per year. The average state income in 2020 was $53,800.
  • University of Utah – The University of Utah had the most engineering degrees in the state in 2020 with 805 completions.

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