San Diego is a leader in STEM and higher education degrees
- 14.3 percent of San Diego holds a graduate degree, a greater share of the adult population than anywhere else in Southern California. San Diego is a leader in Southern California with nearly 5,000 degrees last year majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
- San Diego has seen 36.5 percent growth in Biotechnology and Technology companies employment in the last 10 years.
- UC San Diego was recently ranked 15th best university in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and is home to a well-educated workforce appealing to numerous Tech and BioTech firms. Top companies include Qualcomm, ViaSat, Mitchell International, General Atomics, Sanford-Burnham, Illumina, Pfizer, and Salk Institute.
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