Career Opportunities for LGBTQ STEM Grads: Brighter Than Ever

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students nearing graduation and preparing to pursue a career in their chosen fields are increasingly looking for employers who are LGBTQ-inclusive.

The Human Rights Campaign annually compiles and updates its Corporate Equality Index (CEI): a list of companies meeting criteria identifying them as LGBTQ-inclusive. HRC periodically increases the challenge for companies to earn a 100% CEI rating.

Corporations are evaluated for LGBTQ-inclusiveness in categories including:

  • Non-discrimination policy, diversity training, and benefits regarding gender identity or gender expression
  • Same-sex domestic partner and transgender-inclusive benefits
  • LGBT employee resource group
  • Corporate diversity council
  • Engagement with and behavior toward the external LGBTQ community

Great progress has been made on making the workplaces more LGBTQ-friendly in recent years, as companies increasingly compete for new talent. The number of companies reaching the 100% level has steadily increased over time, even as HRC continues to increase the requirements to achieve such a rating.

A significant number of these companies are of particular interest to graduates in the science, engineering, and technology fields. Listed below are companies in the science, engineering, and technology areas, identified by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals as scoring 100% on the HRC 2014 CEI from the numerous business segments employing talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals.

Science, Engineering, and Technology Firms Scoring 100% on Human Rights Campaign 2014 Corporate Equality Index*

Aerospace and Defense
Boeing
Lockheed-Martin
Raytheon

Automotive
Chrysler
Ford
General Motors
Nissan North America
Toyota USA
Volkswagen of America

Chemicals, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceuticals
BASF
Biogen Idec, Inc.
Boehringer Ingleheim USA
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Dow Chemical Company
Ecolab
EI DuPont
Eli Lilly
Genentech
GlaxoSmithKline
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co.
Monsanto
Novartia Phamaceuticals Corp.
Pfizer, Inc.

Computer Hardware, Software, and Services
Apple
Automatic Data Processing, Inc
Broadridge Financial Solutions
CA Technologies, Inc.
Dell
EMC Corporation
Electronic Arts
Hewlett-Packard
Intuit
Lexmark
Microsoft
Oracle
SalesForce.com
SAP America
Symantec
Tech Data
Xerox

Energy, Oil, Gas and Utilities
Chevron
Exelon
PG&E
Portland Gas and Electric
Sempra Energy
Southern California Edison

Entertainment, Electronic Media, and Telecommunications
Alcatel
AMC Entertainment, Inc
AT&T, Inc.
Comcast
Lucent
QUALCOMM
Sirius XM Radio
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sprint-Nextel Corp
Time Warner Cable, Inc.
T-Mobile USA
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Viacom
Walt Disney Co.

Health Care
Aetna
Blue Cross
Blue Shield Minnesota
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Care Fusion Corp.
CIGNA Corporation
Group Health Cooperative
Humana, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
McKesson Corp.
United Health Group, Inc.

High Tech Photo/Science Equipment
Cisco
Eastman Kodak
Nokia
Medtronic

Internet Services and Retailing
eBay, Inc.
Google, Inc.
Groupon
Yahoo, Inc.

Manufacturing
Corning
Cummins
Danaher, Corp.
General Electric
Herman Miller, Inc.
Owens Corning
Rockwell Automation, Inc
United Technologies
Whirlpool

Source: HRC Corporate Equality Index, published by the Human Rights Campaign

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