Life, physical, & social science occupations

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Total Workforce

1.45M

Average Age

40.7

Average Salary

$73,401

Average Male Salary

$80,842

Average Female Salary

$64,633

About

Life, physical, & social science occupations are most often employed by the Scientific research & development services industry. The average yearly wage for Life, physical, & social science occupations was $73,401 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Life, physical, & social science occupations by wage are Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, Business & financial operations occupations, and Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Life, physical, & social science occupations are Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD, Upper East Side PUMA, NY, and Cambridge City PUMA, MA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Life, physical, & social science occupations are Cambridge City PUMA, MA, Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD, and North Central New Mexico PUMA, NM.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Life, physical, & social science occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Life, physical, & social science occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Life, physical, & social science occupations, by average wage, is Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments. Life, physical, & social science occupations are paid most in Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga & Dade Counties PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Cambridge City PUMA, MA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$73,401

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,327

In 2018, Life, physical, & social science occupations earned an average of $73,401, $19,512 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations make somewhat more than Life, physical, & social science occupations while Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Life, physical, & social science occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.393

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Life, physical, & social science occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.393, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Life, physical, & social science occupations (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 Life, physical, & social science occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Life, physical, & social science occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Life, physical, & social science occupations.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

1.45M

2018 Workforce

± 29,373

10.3%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.67%

The number of people employed as Life, physical, & social science occupations has been growing at a rate of 10.3%, from 1,310,174 people in 2017 to 1,445,310 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Life, physical, & social science occupations employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Life, physical, & social science occupations at  14.3%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 14.1% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 7.04%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Life, physical, & social science occupations in the US. The average age of male Life, physical, & social science occupations in the workforce is 41.3 and of female Life, physical, & social science occupations is 39.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Life, physical, & social science occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

782k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 21,652

663k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 19,954

54.1% of Life, physical, & social science occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Life, physical, & social science occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Life, physical, & social science occupations

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

  3. White (Hispanic)

66.8% of Life, physical, & social science occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15.6% of Life, physical, & social science occupations, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Life, physical, & social science occupations.

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Age by Gender

41.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.389

39.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.396

The median age of Life, physical, & social science occupations is 40.7, and Male employees are generally 1.41 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Life, physical, & social science occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Life, physical, & social science occupations is Biology but a relatively high number of Life, physical, & social science occupations hold a major in Physical Sciences.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Life, physical, & social science occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Life, physical, & social science occupations need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Life, physical, & social science occupations need more than the average amount of Programming, Science, and Mathematics.

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