Environmental scientists & geoscientists

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Total Workforce

69.2k

Average Age

43.1

Estimated Job Growth

11.8%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$88,811

Average Male Salary

$95,978

Average Female Salary

$74,777

About

Environmental scientists & geoscientists are most often employed by the Administration of environmental quality & housing programs industry. The average yearly wage for Environmental scientists & geoscientists was $88,811 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Environmental scientists & geoscientists by wage are Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers, Public relations & fundraising managers, and Industrial production managers.

Environmental scientists & geoscientists are part of the Life, physical, & social science occupations, along with Agricultural & food scientists, Biological scientists, Conservation scientists & foresters, Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other, Astronomers & physicists, Atmospheric & space scientists, Chemists & materials scientists, Environmental scientists & geoscientists, Other Physical Scientists, Economists, Psychologists, Urban & regional planners, Miscellaneous social scientists, including survey researchers & sociologists, Agricultural & food science technicians, Biological technicians, Chemical technicians, Geological & petroleum technicians, & nuclear technicians, and Miscellaneous life, physical, & social science technicians, including social science research assistants

The top 3 locations that employ the most Environmental scientists & geoscientists are San Diego City (Southwest/Central Coastal) PUMA, CA, Inner Cape Cod Towns & Barnstable Town City PUMA, MA, and Centre County PUMA, PA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Environmental scientists & geoscientists are South of Aldine & Inside Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX, Inner Cape Cod Towns & Barnstable Town City PUMA, MA, and San Diego City (Southwest/Central Coastal) PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Environmental scientists & geoscientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs is the industry that employs the most Environmental scientists & geoscientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Environmental scientists & geoscientists, by average wage, is Oil & gas extraction. Environmental scientists & geoscientists are paid most in East of TX-6 & West of Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804636) but are relatively concentrated in South of Aldine & Inside Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$88,811

AVERAGE SALARY

± $6,677

In 2017, Environmental scientists & geoscientists earned an average of $88,811, $36,746 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Firstline supervisors of nonretail sales workers make somewhat more than Environmental scientists & geoscientists while Public relations & fundraising managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Environmental scientists & geoscientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.346

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Environmental scientists & geoscientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.346, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Environmental scientists & geoscientists (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 Environmental scientists & geoscientists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Environmental scientists & geoscientists

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Environmental scientists & geoscientists, by number of employees, are Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, Architectural, engineering & related services, and Management, scientific & technical consulting services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Environmental scientists & geoscientists, by average wage, are Oil & gas extraction, Petroleum refining, and Management of companies & enterprises.

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Industries by Share

69.2k

2017 Workforce

± 6,456

-5.36%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 13.8%

The number of people employed as Environmental scientists & geoscientists has been declining at a rate of -5.36%, from 73,099 people in 2016 to 69,183 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Environmental scientists & geoscientists employed by various industries. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs employs the largest share of Environmental scientists & geoscientists at  22.1%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 16.4% and Management, scientific & technical consulting services with 13.4%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Environmental scientists & geoscientists in the US. The average age of male Environmental scientists & geoscientists in the workforce is 45.1 and of female Environmental scientists & geoscientists is 39.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Environmental scientists & geoscientists is White.

Gender Composition

45.8k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,253

23.4k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 3,754

66.2% of Environmental scientists & geoscientists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Environmental scientists & geoscientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Environmental scientists & geoscientists

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

88.3% of Environmental scientists & geoscientists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 5.3% of Environmental scientists & geoscientists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Environmental scientists & geoscientists.

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Age by Gender

45.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.52

39.1

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.85

The median age of Environmental scientists & geoscientists is 43.1, and Male employees are generally 6 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Skills

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

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Environmental scientists & geoscientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Environmental scientists & geoscientists are expected to see a growth of 11.8% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

11.8%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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