Life, physical, & social science occupations

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2019 Workforce
1.6M
Average Age
41.1
Average Salary
$76,854
Average Male Salary
$84,499
Average Female Salary
$68,649

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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 $76,854 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Life, physical, & social science occupations by wage are Business & financial operations occupations, Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, and Arts, design, entertainment, sports, & media occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Life, physical, & social science occupations are Mountain View, Palo Alto & Los Altos Cities PUMA, CA, Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD, and Rockville, Gaithersburg Cities & North Potomac PUMA, MD. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Life, physical, & social science occupations are Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD, North Central New Mexico PUMA, NM, and Newton City & Brookline Town PUMA, MA.

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 Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals. Life, physical, & social science occupations are paid most in Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga & Dade Counties PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$76,854
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,281

In 2019, Life, physical, & social science occupations earned an average of $76,854, $21,330 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Business & financial operations 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

0.4
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Life, physical, & social science occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.4, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Life, physical, & social science occupations, by average wage, are Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, Couriers & messengers, and Gasoline stations.

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Industries by Share

1.6M
2019 Workforce
± 30,927
11%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.52%

The number of people employed as Life, physical, & social science occupations has been growing at a rate of 11%, from 1,445,310 people in 2018 to 1,603,756 people in 2019.

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  14.6%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 13.2% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 5.81%.

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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 42.3 and of female Life, physical, & social science occupations is 39.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Life, physical, & social science occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

830k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 22,310
773k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 21,537

51.8% 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)

67.2% of Life, physical, & social science occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.9% 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

42.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.38
39.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.36

The median age of Life, physical, & social science occupations is 41.1, and Male employees are generally 2.68 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 Science, Programming, and Mathematics.

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