Environmental scientists & geoscientists

Detailed Occupation

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2017 Workforce
71.4k
Average Age
43
Average Salary
$93,499
Average Male Salary
$103,319
Average Female Salary
$72,902

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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 $93,499 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Environmental scientists & geoscientists by wage are Firstline supervisors of fire fighting & prevention workers, Financial examiners, and Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Environmental scientists & geoscientists are Montgomery County (South)The Woodlands (North) PUMA, TX, South of I-10 & Inside Loop I-610 PUMA, TX, and East of TX-6 & West of Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804636). The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Environmental scientists & geoscientists are Montgomery County (South)The Woodlands (North) PUMA, TX, South of I-10 & Inside Loop I-610 PUMA, TX, and East of TX-6 & West of Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX (79500US4804636).

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 Gasoline stations. Environmental scientists & geoscientists are paid most in North of I-30 PUMA, TX (79500US4802313) but are relatively concentrated in Montgomery County (South)The Woodlands (North) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$93,499
AVERAGE SALARY
± $7,590

In 2017, Environmental scientists & geoscientists earned an average of $93,499, $37,545 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Firstline supervisors of fire fighting & prevention workers make somewhat more than Environmental scientists & geoscientists while Medical scientists, & life scientists, all other 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

0.394
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Environmental scientists & geoscientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.394, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Environmental scientists & geoscientists, by average wage, are Gasoline stations, Oil & gas extraction, and Petroleum & petroleum products merchant wholesalers.

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Industries by Share

71.4k
2017 Workforce
± 6,559
−0.722%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.1%

The number of people employed as Environmental scientists & geoscientists has been declining at a rate of −0.722%, from 71,932 people in 2016 to 71,413 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  21.4%, followed by Architectural, engineering & related services with 16% and Management, scientific & technical consulting services with 14%.

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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 44.9 and of female Environmental scientists & geoscientists is 39.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Environmental scientists & geoscientists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

48.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,398
23.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,728

67.7% of Environmental scientists & geoscientists are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Environmental scientists & geoscientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Environmental scientists & geoscientists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

84.5% of Environmental scientists & geoscientists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 5.18% of Environmental scientists & geoscientists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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 Sex

44.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.47
39.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.85

The median age of Environmental scientists & geoscientists is 43, and Male employees are generally 5.82 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 Science. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Environmental scientists & geoscientists need more than the average amount of Science, Programming, and Operations Analysis.

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