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Investigative career interests, in The United States of America

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Natural Sciences Managers11-9121.00EIBachelor +0.3355,100$66,920$136,150
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists13-1141.00CEBachelor0.484,700$39,090$66,490
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists13-1161.00IECMaster1.86495,500$33,950$70,620
Financial Analysts13-2051.00CIEBachelor1.17277,600$50,350$97,640
Computer Systems Analysts15-1121.00ICRBachelor2.09567,800$53,110$91,620
Computer Programmers15-1131.00ICBachelor-0.8328,600$45,570$85,180
Software Developers, Applications15-1132.00IRCBachelor1.88718,400$58,300$104,300
Software Developers, Systems Software15-1133.00ICRBachelor1.3395,600$64,650$110,590
Database Administrators15-1141.00CIBachelor1.12120,000$47,300$87,130
Network and Computer Systems Administrators15-1142.00IRCBachelor0.79382,600$48,870$84,500
Computer Network Architects15-1143.00ICRBachelor0.87146,200$55,610$104,240
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Mathematicians15-2021.00ICAMaster23,500$54,890$105,600
Operations Research Analysts15-2031.00ICEMaster3.0291,300$43,400$84,340
Statisticians15-2041.00CIMaster3.3730,000$46,500$85,160
Mathematical Technicians15-2091.00IRCBachelor-0.831,200$28,980$58,490
Surveyors17-1022.00RCIBachelor-0.244,300$33,630$63,480
Aerospace Engineers17-2011.00IRBachelor-0.2372,500$69,150$112,010
Agricultural Engineers17-2021.00IREBachelor0.342,900$45,510$77,330
Chemical Engineers17-2041.00IRBachelor0.1734,300$60,770$105,420
Computer Hardware Engineers17-2061.00IRCBachelor0.3177,700$66,870$118,700
Electrical Engineers17-2071.00IRBachelor0.1178,400$59,720$98,620
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer17-2072.00IRBachelor-0.14137,400$63,760$103,760
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors17-2111.00IRCBachelor0.6325,200$50,580$90,190
Materials Engineers17-2131.00IREBachelor0.1225,300$54,870$97,050
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers17-2151.00IREBachelor0.68,300$55,490$103,010
Nuclear Engineers17-2161.00IRCBachelor-0.3616,800$65,570$105,950
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians17-3021.00RICAssociate0.3511,400$42,830$71,070
Industrial Engineering Technicians17-3026.00IRCAssociate-0.4566,500$33,520$56,920
Animal Scientists19-1011.00IRBachelor1.032,900$36,340$72,890
Food Scientists and Technologists19-1012.00IRCBachelor0.3915,400$37,800$71,270
Soil and Plant Scientists19-1013.00IRBachelor0.6817,700$37,820$69,290
Biologists19-1020.01IR***$41,570$80,060
Biochemists and Biophysicists19-1021.00IARDoctorate0.8234,100$45,000$94,340
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Microbiologists19-1022.00IRDoctorate0.3622,400$39,480$76,850
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists19-1023.00IRBachelor0.4221,300$39,150$64,890
Conservation Scientists19-1031.00IRBachelor0.6621,100$37,270$65,130
Epidemiologists19-1041.00ISMaster0.525,800$46,870$77,720
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists19-1042.00IRADoctorate0.82107,900$44,550$95,000
Astronomers19-2011.00IARDoctorate01,900$54,960$110,380
Physicists19-2012.00IRDoctorate0.7718,100$57,640$121,770
Atmospheric and Space Scientists19-2021.00IRBachelor0.9311,800$51,480$94,840
Chemists19-2031.00IRCBachelor0.2691,100$42,180$80,820
Materials Scientists19-2032.00IRBachelor0.277,300$49,890$101,570
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health19-2041.00IRCMaster1.0894,600$41,220$75,360
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers19-2042.00IRMaster1.0436,400$47,450$106,390
Hydrologists19-2043.00IRMaster0.717,000$50,600$83,740
Economists19-3011.00ICEMaster0.5621,500$55,150$112,860
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists19-3031.00ISDoctorate1.97155,300$41,830$78,690
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists19-3032.00IEAMaster1.52,000$52,950$104,570
Sociologists19-3041.00IASMaster-0.382,600$41,950$86,840
Urban and Regional Planners19-3051.00IEAMaster0.6338,000$44,170$73,060
Anthropologists and Archeologists19-3091.00IAMaster0.397,700$36,910$66,440
Geographers19-3092.00IRAMaster01,400$44,680$74,090
Historians19-3093.00IMaster03,500$28,050$60,990
Political Scientists19-3094.00IASMaster-0.326,200$57,750$112,250
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health19-4091.00IRCAssociate0.9436,200$27,380$47,930
Forensic Science Technicians19-4092.00IRCAssociate2.6414,400$33,860$60,690
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1021.00SICDoctorate0.8843,400$39,170$89,670
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1022.00SIAMaster1.6463,500$38,110$82,650
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary25-1032.00SIRDoctorate1.346,000$49,090$107,490
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary25-1041.00SIRDoctorate0.5812,100$47,130$96,630
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1042.00SIDoctorate1.6364,300$41,850$90,420
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary25-1043.00SIRDoctorate0.432,300$47,390$90,480
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary25-1052.00SIRDoctorate1.5426,600$42,400$89,320
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary25-1054.00SIDoctorate1.5317,700$45,530$97,520
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary25-1071.00SIMaster1.9210,400$43,450$125,430
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Archivists25-4011.00CIMaster0.726,900$30,180$54,570
Chiropractors29-1011.00SIRProfess.1.7545,200$32,380$81,210
Dentists, General29-1021.00IRSProfess.1.81129,000$67,690$173,860
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons29-1022.00RSIProfess.1.766,800$69,550$232,870
Orthodontists29-1023.00IRSProfess.1.838,200$91,580$228,780
Prosthodontists29-1024.00IR*2.5800$74,990$168,140
Dietitians and Nutritionists29-1031.00ISBachelor1.6366,700$36,470$59,670
Optometrists29-1041.00ISRProfess.2.7140,600$52,810$117,580
Pharmacists29-1051.00ICSProfess.0.31297,100$87,120$120,270
Anesthesiologists29-1061.00IRSProfess.2.1133,700$146,310$269,600
Family and General Practitioners29-1062.00ISProfess.1.02139,800$69,890$200,810
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Internists, General29-1063.00ISRProfess.0.9454,300$60,080$201,840
Obstetricians and Gynecologists29-1064.00ISRProfess.1.7624,400$82,570$234,310
Pediatricians, General29-1065.00ISProfess.1.0334,800$84,770$184,240
Psychiatrists29-1066.00ISAProfess.1.4928,200$61,330$200,220
Surgeons29-1067.00IRSProfess.1.9846,000$104,680$252,910
Physician Assistants29-1071.00SIRBachelor3.0594,400$65,620$102,090
Respiratory Therapists29-1126.00SIRAssociate1.23120,700$42,490$60,640
Veterinarians29-1131.00IRProfess.0.8878,300$52,470$100,560
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists29-2011.00IRCBachelor1.4164,800$41,550$62,440
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians29-2031.00RISAssociate2.2152,000$28,650$57,100
Nuclear Medicine Technologists29-2033.00IRSAssociate0.1420,700$53,440$75,960

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2014 to 2024. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States of America in 2014 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States of America in 2016. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States of America in 2016. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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