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Total Workforce
11,343
Average Age
46
Estimated Job Growth
14%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$99,444
Average Male Salary
$105,918
Average Female Salary
$70,599

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Astronomers & physicists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Astronomers & physicists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Astronomers & physicists, by average wage, is Hospitals. Astronomers & physicists are paid most in Columbia (West) & Ellicott City (Northwest) PUMA, MD but are relatively concentrated in Pasco, Richland (North) & West Richland Cities PUMA, WA.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Astronomers & physicists in the US. The average age of male Astronomers & physicists in the workforce is 47.1 and of female Astronomers & physicists is 41.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Astronomers & physicists is White.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Astronomers & physicists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Astronomers & physicists is Physical Sciences but a relatively high number of Astronomers & physicists hold a major in Communications.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Astronomers & physicists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Astronomers & physicists need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Science, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Astronomers & physicists need more than the average amount of Science, Programming, and Technology Design.

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The closest comparable data for the Detailed Occupation Astronomers & physicists is from the Minor Occupation Group Physical Scientists.
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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Astronomers & physicists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Astronomers & physicists are expected to see a growth of 14% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow faster than the national average.

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