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Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians17-3021.00RICAssociate0.3511,400$39,560$68,620
Aerospace Engineers17-2011.00IRBachelor-0.2372,500$67,850$110,570
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians19-4011.00RICAssociate0.5233,000$23,450$39,000
Agricultural Engineers17-2021.00IREBachelor0.342,900$47,490$78,490
Anthropologists and Archeologists19-3091.00IAMaster0.397,700$35,440$64,290
Architectural and Civil Drafters17-3011.00RI1,2 year-0.394,000$33,260$53,470
Astronomers19-2011.00IARDoctorate01,900$52,460$110,220
Atmospheric and Space Scientists19-2021.00IRBachelor0.9311,800$50,630$90,210
Biochemists and Biophysicists19-1021.00IARDoctorate0.8234,100$44,640$93,390
Biological Scientists, all other19-1029.00IRBachelor-0.0536,400$41,740$77,190
Biological Technicians19-4021.00RICAssociate0.5379,300$26,610$45,230
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Biomedical Engineers17-2031.00IRBachelor2.3122,100$51,480$91,230
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists17-1021.00RICBachelor2.9312,300$39,470$65,410
Chemical Engineers17-2041.00IRBachelor0.1734,300$59,470$103,960
Chemical Technicians19-4031.00IRCAssociate0.1866,500$27,260$48,730
Chemists19-2031.00IRCBachelor0.2691,100$41,110$77,860
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00RCIAssociate0.4974,000$31,400$51,330
Civil Engineers17-2051.00RICBachelor0.84281,400$52,900$87,940
Computer and Information Research Scientists15-1111.00IRCDoctorate1.0525,600$64,300$115,580
Computer Hardware Engineers17-2061.00IRCBachelor0.3177,700$65,570$114,970
Drafters, all other17-3019.00*1,2 year-0.3414,700$31,400$53,660
Economists19-3011.00ICEMaster0.5621,500$52,540$109,230
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians17-3023.00RIAssociate-0.2139,400$36,170$61,870
Electrical and Electronics Drafters17-3012.00RCI1,2 year0.5330,100$36,140$62,890
Electrical Engineers17-2071.00IRBachelor0.1178,400$59,240$97,340
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00RICAssociate0.0714,700$33,580$56,320
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer17-2072.00IRBachelor-0.14137,400$63,430$102,390
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, all other17-3029.00RICAssociate-0.0370,100$33,870$62,820
Engineers, all other17-2199.00IRBachelor0.39136,900$52,010$98,150
Environmental Engineering Technicians17-3025.00RICAssociate0.9718,600$29,270$51,170
Environmental Engineers17-2081.00IRCBachelor1.2555,100$50,230$88,040
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health19-2041.00IRCMaster1.0894,600$40,350$73,930
Geographers19-3092.00IRAMaster01,400$45,450$74,920
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers19-2042.00IRMaster1.0436,400$47,250$105,720
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors17-2111.00IRCBachelor0.6325,200$49,410$87,810
Historians19-3093.00IMaster03,500$27,920$61,120
Hydrologists19-2043.00IRMaster0.717,000$50,410$83,440
Industrial Engineering Technicians17-3026.00IRCAssociate-0.4566,500$33,910$56,320
Industrial Engineers17-2112.00ICEBachelor0.09241,100$53,300$86,990
Life Scientists, all other19-1099.00*Bachelor0.6610,600$43,520$79,870
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, all other19-4099.00RICAssociate0.6878,200$25,080$48,360
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects17-2121.00IRBachelor0.848,300$61,110$100,090
Materials Engineers17-2131.00IREBachelor0.1225,300$53,120$94,690
Materials Scientists19-2032.00IRBachelor0.277,300$47,740$94,940
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Mathematical Science Occupations, all other15-2099.00*Master0.561,800$30,040$78,310
Mathematical Technicians15-2091.00IRCBachelor-0.831,200$28,390$53,630
Mathematicians15-2021.00ICAMaster23,500$56,200$112,560
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00RIAssociate0.1948,400$33,830$56,390
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00IRCBachelor0.53277,500$53,640$88,190
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists19-1042.00IRADoctorate0.82107,900$44,510$93,730
Microbiologists19-1022.00IRDoctorate0.3622,400$38,810$76,230
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers17-2151.00IREBachelor0.68,300$54,180$107,880
Nuclear Engineers17-2161.00IRCBachelor-0.3616,800$66,650$106,060
Nuclear Technicians19-4051.00RCIAssociate-0.596,800$47,730$78,850
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00IRCBachelor0.9735,100$74,880$149,590
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Physical Scientists, all other19-2099.00IRBachelor0.1128,500$47,620$98,240
Physicists19-2012.00IRDoctorate0.7718,100$55,610$118,500
Political Scientists19-3094.00IASMaster-0.326,200$47,210$103,210
Social Science Research Assistants19-4061.00CIAssociate0.5632,000$20,540$45,760
Social Scientists and Related Workers, all other19-3099.00ICMaster-0.235,600$45,390$80,650
Statisticians15-2041.00CIMaster3.3730,000$44,900$84,440
Surveyors17-1022.00RCIBachelor-0.244,300$32,850$61,880
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists19-1023.00IRBachelor0.4221,300$39,180$64,230

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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 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 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 $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

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

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 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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