As of 2015, STEM occupations–those requiring a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math-related subjects–account for almost 8.6 million jobs, or 6.2% of overall employment in the U.S. The highest-paying roles among these occupations come with annual paychecks of nearly $150,000.
To determine which companies are currently hiring the most STEM professionals, Forbes turned to job search site Indeed, which reviewed all postings for open STEM jobs, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET OnLine application.
The information listed here does not reflect a precise number of available jobs, as an opening can be listed more than once or remain online after it’s been filled. Still, the numbers indicate a strong gauge of current national hiring demand for STEM jobs.
Topping the list is Seattle-based Amazon. The world’s largest online retailer is currently looking to fill 6,063 STEM jobs.
“The fact that an ecommerce site has the most demand for STEM workers right now demonstrates the widespread need for people with science and technology skills,” said Daniel Culbertson, U.S. Economist for Indeed.
Aerospace and defense technology companies are also strongly represented in the hunt for STEM talent, with General Dynamics GD -0.32%, Lockheed Martin LMT -0.84%, and Northrop Grumman NOC -0.21% all making the list with more than 2,000 job openings at each.
Information technology and software companies, naturally, are also seeking those with science, technology, engineering, and math skills. CACI International CACI +%, Microsoft MSFT -0.26%, and Oracle all appear further down the list.
“We have seen some promising signs that more people are looking for tech roles in recent years, but the gap is still relatively wide between employer demand and the available talent for these positions,” said Culbertson. “If you have the right skills, it’s certainly worthwhile to look beyond only traditional technology companies.”