Atmospheric & space scientists

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2019 Workforce
12.6k
Average Age
41.9
Estimated Job Growth
12.5%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$88,908
Average Male Salary
$95,576
Average Female Salary
$69,887

About

Atmospheric & space scientists are most often employed by the Administration of environmental quality & housing programs industry. The average yearly wage for Atmospheric & space scientists was $88,908 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Atmospheric & space scientists by wage are Audiologists, Purchasing managers, and Advertising sales agents.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Atmospheric & space scientists are Pueblo City & Pueblo West PUMA, CO. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Atmospheric & space scientists are Pueblo City & Pueblo West PUMA, CO.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Atmospheric & space scientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs is the industry that employs the most Atmospheric & space scientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Atmospheric & space scientists, by average wage, is Administration of environmental quality & housing programs. Atmospheric & space scientists are paid most in Pueblo City & Pueblo West PUMA, CO but are relatively concentrated in Pueblo City & Pueblo West PUMA, CO.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$88,908
AVERAGE SALARY
± $11,827

In 2019, Atmospheric & space scientists earned an average of $88,908, $33,384 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Purchasing managers make somewhat more than Atmospheric & space scientists while Audiologists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Atmospheric & space scientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.252
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Atmospheric & space scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.252, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Atmospheric & space scientists (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 Atmospheric & space scientists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Atmospheric & space scientists

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Atmospheric & space scientists, by number of employees, are Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, Broadcasting (except internet), and Other professional, scientific & technical services .

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Industries by Share

12.6k
2019 Workforce
± 2,754
34%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 25%

The number of people employed as Atmospheric & space scientists has been growing at a rate of 34%, from 9,387 people in 2018 to 12,582 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Atmospheric & space scientists employed by various industries. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs employs the largest share of Atmospheric & space scientists at  21.8%, followed by Broadcasting (except internet) with 20.8% and Other professional, scientific & technical services  with 12.5%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Atmospheric & space scientists in the US. The average age of male Atmospheric & space scientists in the workforce is 43.5 and of female Atmospheric & space scientists is 37.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Atmospheric & space scientists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

9.32k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,370
3.27k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,403

74% of Atmospheric & space scientists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Atmospheric & space scientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Atmospheric & space scientists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

92.6% of Atmospheric & space scientists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.42% of Atmospheric & space scientists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Atmospheric & space scientists.

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Age by Gender

43.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.87
37.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 4.06

The median age of Atmospheric & space scientists is 41.9, and Male employees are generally 5.94 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Atmospheric & space scientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Atmospheric & space scientists need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Science, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Atmospheric & space scientists need more than the average amount of Science, Operations Analysis, and Programming.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Atmospheric & space scientists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.85%, but Atmospheric & space scientists are expected to see a growth of 12.5% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

12.5%
ESTIMATED GROWTH
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Atmospheric & space scientists. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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