Life, physical, & social science occupations

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Total Workforce

1.31M

Average Age

40.7

Estimated Job Growth

9.6%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$72,456

Average Male Salary

$81,109

Average Female Salary

$62,702

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 $72,456 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 Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD, Cambridge City PUMA, MA, and District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Life, physical, & social science occupations are Cambridge City PUMA, MA, Berkeley & Albany Cities PUMA, CA, and Bethesda, Potomac & North Bethesda PUMA, MD.

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 Nondepository credit & related activities. 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

$72,456

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,386

In 2017, Life, physical, & social science occupations earned an average of $72,456, $20,391 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

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

0.394

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Life, physical, & social science occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.394, 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Life, physical, & social science occupations, by number of employees, are Scientific research & development services, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Hospitals.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Life, physical, & social science occupations, by average wage, are Nondepository credit & related activities, Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments, and Banking & related activities.

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Industries by Share

1.31M

2017 Workforce

± 27,977

2.29%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.97%

The number of people employed as Life, physical, & social science occupations has been growing at a rate of 2.29%, from 1,280,836 people in 2016 to 1,310,174 people in 2017.

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  15.5%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 14.2% and Hospitals with 7%.

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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 42.1 and of female Life, physical, & social science occupations is 39.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Life, physical, & social science occupations is White.

Gender Composition

694k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 20,408

616k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 19,228

53% 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

  2. Asian

  3. Black

74.4% of Life, physical, & social science occupations are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.5% of Life, physical, & social science occupations, Asian 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

42.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.412

39.2

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.409

The median age of Life, physical, & social science occupations is 40.7, and Male employees are generally 2.89 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, Reading Comprehension, and Active Learning.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Life, physical, & social science occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Life, physical, & social science occupations are expected to see a growth of 9.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

9.6%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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