Chemists & materials scientists

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Total Workforce

84.3k

Average Age

40.8

Estimated Job Growth

6.55%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$77,138

Average Male Salary

$83,292

Average Female Salary

$68,599

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Chemists & materials scientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Chemists & materials scientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Chemists & materials scientists, by average wage, is Support activities for mining. Chemists & materials scientists are paid most in Brazoria County (Southwest)Lake Jackson City PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in South Plainfield & Middlesex Boroughs PUMA, NJ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$77,138

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,069

In 2017, Chemists & materials scientists earned an average of $77,138, $25,073 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Emergency management directors make somewhat more than Chemists & materials scientists while Chiropractors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Chemists & materials scientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.293

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Chemists & materials scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.293, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Chemists & materials scientists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Chemists & materials scientists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Chemists & materials scientists

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Chemists & materials scientists, by number of employees, are Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, Scientific research & development services, and Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Chemists & materials scientists, by average wage, are Support activities for mining, Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Management, scientific & technical consulting services.

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Industries by Share

84.3k

2017 Workforce

± 7,124

0.0689%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 12%

The number of people employed as Chemists & materials scientists has been growing at a rate of 0.0689%, from 84,195 people in 2016 to 84,253 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Chemists & materials scientists employed by various industries. Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing employs the largest share of Chemists & materials scientists at  22.3%, followed by Scientific research & development services with 15.5% and Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals with 9.53%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Chemists & materials scientists in the US. The average age of male Chemists & materials scientists in the workforce is 43.1 and of female Chemists & materials scientists is 37.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Chemists & materials scientists is White.

Gender Composition

49k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,432

35.3k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,612

58.1% of Chemists & materials scientists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Chemists & materials scientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Chemists & materials scientists

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

71.7% of Chemists & materials scientists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 17.8% of Chemists & materials scientists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Chemists & materials scientists.

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Age by Gender

43.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.48

37.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.59

The median age of Chemists & materials scientists is 40.8, and Male employees are generally 5.39 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Chemists & materials scientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chemists & materials scientists need many skills, but most especially Science and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Chemists & materials scientists need more than the average amount of Science, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Chemists & materials scientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Chemists & materials scientists are expected to see a growth of 6.55% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.55%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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