Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

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Workforce
9.3M
2018 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
42.3
Estimated Job Growth
1.1%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$90,341
Average Male Salary
$107,832
Average Female Salary
$67,796

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The top three occupations in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Group are Software developers, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Other managers, Accountants & auditors, and Management analysts. On average, full-time employees in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector work 44.3 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $98,078. Part-time employees in the same industry work 21.8 hours and earn an average annual salary of $32,694.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector are District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC, Lake View & Lincoln Park PUMA, IL, and Arlington County (North) PUMA, VA. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector. Software developers are the most common position, but the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector employs a relatively high number of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Professional, Scientific & Technical Services goes to Surgeons.

Occupations

Occupations by Share

9.3M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 10.5M
3.73%
1 Year Growth
± 1%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 9.3M people employed in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector in 2018.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector has been growing at a rate of 3.73%, , from 10.2M people in 2017 to 10.5M people in 2018.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Professional, Scientific & Technical Services by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Software developers represent the largest share of positions held in Professional, Scientific & Technical Services at 6.58%, followed by Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers with 6.33% and Other managers with 6.26%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector, by number of employees, are Software developers, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Other managers, Accountants & auditors, and Management analysts.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Sub-Sectors, Professional, Scientific & Technical Services employs an unusually high number of Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, Veterinarians, and Veterinary technologists and technicians.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Professional, Scientific & Technical Services, by average wage, are Surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, and Actuaries.

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Wages

Average Salary

$90,341
AVERAGE WAGE
± $692

On average, employees in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector make $90,341 per year. This number makes Professional, Scientific & Technical Services the 3 highest paying Industry Sub-Sector in the United States out of a total of 21 Industry Sub-Sectors.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage Distribution

N/A
WAGE GINI

Professional, Scientific & Technical Services has a wage GINI of N/A, which is approximately the same than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector.

These are locations that employ more people in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $107,832 and $67,796. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

4.61M
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±51.9k
5.94M
MALE WORKFORCE
±58.6k

56.3% of workers in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$107,832
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$1,034
$67,796
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$784

On average, Male workers in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector make 1.59 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. White
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

On average, Asian employees in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector earn 1.09 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector is Professional and business services.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Professional, Scientific & Technical Services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Professional, Scientific & Technical Services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Professional, Scientific & Technical Services is from Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services.

The Professional and business services Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services Industry Sub-Sector for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the professional and technical services industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 6.89% in the next ten years. The professional and technical services industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 1.1%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (2.1%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (22.9%).

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is professional and technical services.
1.1%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for the professional and technical services industry.

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Output Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is professional and technical services.
2.1%
ESTIMATED GROWTH

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