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I'm still working on the FAQ, but here's a question and document you may find helpful given some of the questions you're posting. The CIP is hundreds of pages long, but I've extracted the relevant pages and redacted out professions not qualifying. So every occupation on the attached lists will qualify as a STEM profession.

What are STEM professions?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. USCIS will refer to a "STEM Designated Degree Program List" that is based on the US Department of Education's "Classification of Instructional Programs" (CIP) 2000 report which can be found online at .

According to USCIS, the list of degrees includes those degrees in the following fields:

Actuarial Science. NCES CIP Code 52.1304

Computer Science: NCES CIP Codes 11 .xxxx (except Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, NCES CIP Codes 11.06xx)

Engineering: NCES CIP Codes 14.xxxx

Engineering Technologies: NCES CIP Codes 15.xxxx

Biological and Biomedical Sciences: NCES CIP Codes 26.xxxx

Mathematics and Statistics: NCES CIP Codes 27.xxxx

Military Technologies: NCES CIP Codes 29.xxxx

Physical Sciences: NCES CIP Codes 40.xxxx

Science Technologies: NCES CIP Codes 41.xxxx

Medical Scientist (MS, PhD): NCES CIP Code 51.1401

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  1. EB3's Avatar
    Note that the catch-all sub-categories ending in "99" don't count.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    It is a shame that finance has not been included as a skill shortage, after Americans have run the various banks and financial houses such as Bears Stearns to the ground and bankrupting the shareholders. If anything this country needs more foreign CEOs such as the ones running Pepsi and Coke. Perhaps that is what our politicians want: they have bankrupted the government by running huge deficits and now they want to bankrupt the private banks by hiring incompetent Americans such as the CEOs of Bear Sterns and Citicorp who walk away with millions. Then they say acting requires exceptional ability. It seems like only exceptional ability is the natural endowment of appropriate skin color. Too bad, the priorities are all screwed up based on racism or simple stupidity or for that matter good old frat boys network.
  3. George Chell's Avatar

    As I said by not including MBAs, they protecting the good old frat boys and incompetence.
  4. pk man's Avatar
    I am surprised to see the list not including pharmaceutical sciences!!!!
    I know that industries are struggling to get enough numbers of pharmaceutical scientists.
  5. 's Avatar
    Does any one know if nursing is included in STEM
  6. Resveratrol's Avatar
    The onset of age related macular degeneration (AMD) may be related to a loss of the ability to constrict the pupil of the eye as one ages. Is there a quantitative measure or test of pupillary constrictive ability- quantifying the" strongest constrictions" seemingly measured in the above cited paper by Drew et al? Has such a study been made?
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