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/spouse and transgender-inclusive benefits
  • LGBTQ employee resource group
  • Corporate diversity council
  • Engagement with and behavior toward the external LGBTQ community, including supporting legislation supporting LGBTQ equality
  • Recruiting from and marketing to the LGBTQ community
  • Inclusion of LGBTQ businesses in supplier diversity

Corporate America has made great progress in making workplaces more LGBTQ-friendly in recent years as companies increasingly compete for new talent, despite political uncertainty and absence of federal regulations guaranteeing LGBTQ people workplace equality. The number of companies reaching the 100% Coporate Equality Index rating 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 STEM fields. Listed in this document are companies from the numerous business segments employing talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals. They all have HRC CEI ratings of 100%!

STEM – Employers Scoring 100% on Human Rights Campaign 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Aerospace and Defense
BAE Systems Inc.
Boeing Co.
Harris Corp.
Lockheed-Martin Corp.
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Raytheon Co.
Rockwell Collins Inc.
United Technolgogies Corp.

Ford Motor Co.
General Motors Co.
Hyundia Motor America
Lear Corp.
Nissan North America Inc.
Tesla Motors Inc.
Toyota North America Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America Inc.

Chemicals, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceuticals
AbbVie Inc.
Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
Amgen Inc.
Astellas Pharma US Inc.
BASF Corp.
Baxter International Inc.
Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Cardinal Health Inc.
CVS Health Corp.
Dow Chemical Co., The
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DuPont)
Ecolab Inc.
Eli Lilly & Co.
Genentech Inc.
GlaxoSmithKline LLC
Johnson & Johnson
Mallinckrodt LLC
McKesson Corp.
Merck & Co. Inc.
Monsanto Co.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Pfizer Inc.
Praxair Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc

Computer Hardware, Software, and Services
Adobe Systems Inc.
Akamai Technologies Inc.
Apple Inc.
Autodesk Inc.
CA Technologies Inc.
Cisco Systems Inc.
Corning Inc.
Dell Inc.
Electronic Arts Inc.
EMC Corp.
Harris Corp.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.
HP Inc.
IBM Corp.
Intuit Inc.
Lexmark International Inc.
Microsoft Corp.
NCR Corp.
Oracle Corp.
Pearson Inc.
SAP America Inc.
Sapient Corp.
Symantec Corp.
Tech Data Corp.
Uber Technologies Inc.
Ultimate Software Group Inc., The
Xerox Corp.

Energy, Oil, Gas and Utilities
Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
Ameren Corp.
American Electric Power Co. Inc.
Chevron Corp.
Exelon Corp.
General Electric Co.
National Grid USA
PG&E Corp.
Portland General Electric Co.
PPL Corp.
Sempra Energy
Shell Oil Co.
Southern California Edison Co.
Southern Co.
Xcel Energy Inc.

Entertainment, Electronic Media, and Telecommunications
Akamai Technologies Inc.
AMC Entertainment Inc.
AT&T Inc.
Bloomberg LP
CBS Corp.
Charter Communications
Cisco Systems Inc.
Comcast NBCUniversal
Electronic Arts Inc.
Harris Corp.
Level 3 Communications Inc.
Netflix Inc.
Outerwall Inc.
Pandora Media Inc.
SIRIUS XM Radio Inc.
Sony Corporation of America
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
Sprint Corp.
Thomson Reuters
Time Warner Inc.
T-Mobile USA Inc.
Verizon Communications Inc.
Viacom Inc.
Walt Disney Co., The
Yahoo! Inc.

Health Care Products
Baxter International Inc.
Boston Scientific Corp.
Cambia Health Solutions Inc.
Henry Schein Inc.
McKesson Corp.
Medtronic PLC
Quest Diagnostics Inc.
Stryker Corp.

High Tech Photo/Scientific Equipment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Baxter International Inc.
Boston Scientific Corp.
Cisco Systems Inc.
Corning Inc.
Cummins Inc.
Danaher Corp.
Eastman Kodak Co.
Eaton Corp.
Ernst & Young LLP
HERE North America LLC
HP Inc.
Intel Corp.
Medtronic PLC
Rockwell Automation Inc.
Sony Electronics Inc.
Stryker Corp.
Texas Instruments Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Whirlpool Corp.


Airbnb Inc.
Akamai Technologies Inc.
eBay Inc.
Expedia Inc.
Facebook Inc.
Google Inc.
Groupon Inc.
PayPal Holdings Inc.
Thomson Reuters
Twitter Inc.
WeddingWire Inc.
Yahoo! Inc.
Yelp Inc.

3M Co.
Alcoa Inc.
Ball Corp.
Corning Inc.
Cummins Inc.
Danaher Corp.
Eaton Corp.
General Electric Co.
Herman Miller Inc.
Hershey Co., The
Ingersoll-Rand Company
Mallinckrodt LLC
Nestlé Purina PetCare Co.
Newmont Mining Corporation
Owens Corning
Rockwell Automation Inc.
Steelcase Inc.
Stryker Corp.
TE Connectivity Inc.
United Technologies Corp.
W.W. Grainger Inc.
Whirlpool Corp.

Source: HRC Corporate Equality Index, published by the Human Rights Campaign. Last accessed June 10, 2017.

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