Biological scientists

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Total Workforce

81.7k

Average Age

40.8

Estimated Job Growth

8.95%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$71,024

Average Male Salary

$79,151

Average Female Salary

$62,135

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Biological scientists are most often employed by the Scientific research & development services industry. The average yearly wage for Biological scientists was $71,024 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Biological scientists by wage are Physical therapists, Psychologists, and Business operations specialists, all other.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Biological scientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Biological scientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Biological scientists, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Biological scientists are paid most in Rockville, Gaithersburg Cities & North Potomac PUMA, MD but are relatively concentrated in Columbia, Lincoln, Clatsop & Tillamook Counties PUMA, OR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$71,024

AVERAGE SALARY

± $5,181

In 2017, Biological scientists earned an average of $71,024, $18,959 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Business operations specialists, all other make somewhat more than Biological scientists while Physical therapists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Biological scientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.35

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Biological scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.35, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Biological scientists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Biological scientists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Biological scientists.

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Industries by Share

81.7k

2017 Workforce

± 7,017

1.92%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 12%

The number of people employed as Biological scientists has been growing at a rate of 1.92%, from 80,194 people in 2016 to 81,736 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Biological scientists employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Biological scientists at  17.9%, followed by Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 16.1% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 9.59%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Biological scientists in the US. The average age of male Biological scientists in the workforce is 41.9 and of female Biological scientists is 39.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Biological scientists is White.

Gender Composition

42.7k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,073

39k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,850

52.2% of Biological scientists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Biological scientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Biological scientists

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

78.5% of Biological scientists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.1% of Biological scientists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Biological scientists.

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Age by Gender

41.9

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.48

39.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.47

The median age of Biological scientists is 40.8, and Male employees are generally 2.15 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Biological scientists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Biological scientists is Biology but a relatively high number of Biological scientists hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Biological scientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Biological scientists need many skills, but most especially Science, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Biological scientists need more than the average amount of Science, Programming, and Mathematics.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Biological scientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Biological scientists are expected to see a growth of 8.95% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

8.95%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Biological scientists. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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