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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 Technicians17-3021.00RICAssociate-0.049,900$38,440$64,310
Aerospace Engineers17-2011.00IRBachelor0.7383,000$66,110$107,700
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians19-4011.00RICAssociate0.2925,900$22,380$37,330
Agricultural Engineers17-2021.00IREBachelor0.482,600$45,940$75,440
Anthropologists and Archeologists19-3091.00IAMaster1.947,200$34,580$61,980
Architectural and Civil Drafters17-3011.00RI1,2 year0.0887,900$32,820$52,480
Astronomers19-2011.00IARDoctorate12,700$52,160$107,140
Atmospheric and Space Scientists19-2021.00IRBachelor111,100$50,030$88,090
Biochemists and Biophysicists19-1021.00IARDoctorate1.8629,200$44,220$91,960
Biological Scientists, all other19-1029.00IRBachelor-0.0634,300$42,480$77,920
Biological Technicians19-4021.00RICAssociate180,200$26,300$44,610
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Biomedical Engineers17-2031.00IRBachelor2.6619,400$52,680$91,760
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists17-1021.00RICBachelor1.9612,100$38,610$64,570
Chemical Engineers17-2041.00IRBachelor0.4533,300$59,480$103,590
Chemical Technicians19-4031.00IRCAssociate0.9463,600$27,100$47,390
Chemists19-2031.00IRCBachelor0.5687,900$41,560$79,140
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00RCIAssociate0.0673,100$31,060$50,290
Civil Engineers17-2051.00RICBachelor1.97272,900$52,570$87,130
Computer and Information Research Scientists15-1111.00IRCDoctorate1.5326,700$66,030$113,190
Computer Hardware Engineers17-2061.00IRCBachelor0.7483,300$66,070$110,650
Drafters, all other17-3019.00*1,2 year1.2715,600$31,290$53,450
Economists19-3011.00ICEMaster1.3916,900$50,440$105,290
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians17-3023.00RIAssociate0146,500$35,880$60,330
Electrical and Electronics Drafters17-3012.00RCI1,2 year0.9629,600$36,130$62,040
Electrical Engineers17-2071.00IRBachelor0.47166,100$59,140$95,780
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00RICAssociate0.3917,300$33,260$55,600
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer17-2072.00IRBachelor0.34140,000$61,780$99,660
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, all other17-3029.00RICAssociate0.0967,700$34,920$63,140
Engineers, all other17-2199.00IRBachelor0.38133,000$51,410$96,350
Environmental Engineering Technicians17-3025.00RICAssociate1.8419,000$30,250$51,030
Environmental Engineers17-2081.00IRCBachelor1.5353,200$50,120$86,340
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health19-2041.00IRCMaster1.4690,000$39,730$72,050
Geographers19-3092.00IRAMaster2.91,700$43,480$75,610
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers19-2042.00IRMaster1.5838,200$46,400$105,390
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors17-2111.00IRCBachelor1.124,100$48,260$84,850
Historians19-3093.00IMaster0.63,800$27,550$61,180
Hydrologists19-2043.00IRMaster1.047,400$50,090$81,930
Industrial Engineering Technicians17-3026.00IRCAssociate-0.3268,000$34,180$55,660
Industrial Engineers17-2112.00ICEBachelor0.45223,300$52,510$85,110
Life Scientists, all other19-1099.00*Bachelor1.029,900$43,210$79,270
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, all other19-4099.00RICAssociate1.0163,900$25,380$47,860
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects17-2121.00IRBachelor1.037,300$59,110$99,160
Materials Engineers17-2131.00IREBachelor0.0923,200$53,290$91,150
Materials Scientists19-2032.00IRBachelor0.528,300$47,860$94,350
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Mathematical Science Occupations, all other15-2099.00*Master1.331,900$31,280$76,740
Mathematical Technicians15-2091.00IRCBachelor1.261,900$31,060$62,280
Mathematicians15-2021.00ICAMaster2.273,500$54,830$104,350
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00RIAssociate0.4747,500$33,920$55,470
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00IRCBachelor0.45258,100$53,210$87,140
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists19-1042.00IRADoctorate1.33103,100$43,150$90,160
Microbiologists19-1022.00IRDoctorate0.720,100$38,830$76,530
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers17-2151.00IREBachelor1.27,900$52,780$100,970
Nuclear Engineers17-2161.00IRCBachelor0.9320,400$66,890$104,630
Nuclear Technicians19-4051.00RCIAssociate1.498,100$46,430$75,960
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00IRCBachelor2.5538,500$73,990$147,520
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Physical Scientists, all other19-2099.00IRBachelor0.5931,200$46,400$95,670
Physicists19-2012.00IRDoctorate1.0420,600$54,930$117,300
Political Scientists19-3094.00IASMaster2.136,600$52,150$104,000
Social Science Research Assistants19-4061.00CIAssociate1.529,600$19,130$43,070
Social Scientists and Related Workers, all other19-3099.00ICMaster0.1934,800$45,830$80,040
Statisticians15-2041.00CIMaster2.6727,600$43,840$84,010
Surveyors17-1022.00RCIBachelor1.0342,400$32,740$60,310
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists19-1023.00IRBachelor0.4920,100$38,080$63,230

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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 2012 to 2022. 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 2012 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 2014. 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 2014. 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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