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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$42,830$71,070
Aerospace Engineers17-2011.00IRBachelor-0.2372,500$69,150$112,010
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians19-4011.00RICAssociate0.5233,000$23,930$40,470
Agricultural Engineers17-2021.00IREBachelor0.342,900$45,510$77,330
Anthropologists and Archeologists19-3091.00IAMaster0.397,700$36,910$66,440
Architectural and Civil Drafters17-3011.00RI1,2 year-0.394,000$33,570$54,290
Astronomers19-2011.00IARDoctorate01,900$54,960$110,380
Atmospheric and Space Scientists19-2021.00IRBachelor0.9311,800$51,480$94,840
Biochemists and Biophysicists19-1021.00IARDoctorate0.8234,100$45,000$94,340
Biological Scientists, all other19-1029.00IRBachelor-0.0536,400$42,040$77,830
Biological Technicians19-4021.00RICAssociate0.5379,300$27,660$46,130
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Biomedical Engineers17-2031.00IRBachelor2.3122,100$51,050$89,970
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists17-1021.00RICBachelor2.9312,300$39,740$66,160
Chemical Engineers17-2041.00IRBachelor0.1734,300$60,770$105,420
Chemical Technicians19-4031.00IRCAssociate0.1866,500$27,730$49,770
Chemists19-2031.00IRCBachelor0.2691,100$42,180$80,820
Civil Engineering Technicians17-3022.00RCIAssociate0.4974,000$31,100$52,120
Civil Engineers17-2051.00RICBachelor0.84281,400$53,470$89,730
Computer and Information Research Scientists15-1111.00IRCDoctorate1.0525,600$64,950$116,320
Computer Hardware Engineers17-2061.00IRCBachelor0.3177,700$66,870$118,700
Drafters, all other17-3019.00*1,2 year-0.3414,700$32,180$54,410
Economists19-3011.00ICEMaster0.5621,500$55,150$112,860
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians17-3023.00RIAssociate-0.2139,400$36,850$62,950
Electrical and Electronics Drafters17-3012.00RCI1,2 year0.5330,100$35,780$63,390
Electrical Engineers17-2071.00IRBachelor0.1178,400$59,720$98,620
Electro-Mechanical Technicians17-3024.00RICAssociate0.0714,700$34,820$57,860
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer17-2072.00IRBachelor-0.14137,400$63,760$103,760
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, all other17-3029.00RICAssociate-0.0370,100$34,690$64,050
Engineers, all other17-2199.00IRBachelor0.39136,900$52,570$99,250
Environmental Engineering Technicians17-3025.00RICAssociate0.9718,600$29,820$52,500
Environmental Engineers17-2081.00IRCBachelor1.2555,100$49,830$88,530
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health19-2041.00IRCMaster1.0894,600$41,220$75,360
Geographers19-3092.00IRAMaster01,400$44,680$74,090
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
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors17-2111.00IRCBachelor0.6325,200$50,580$90,190
Historians19-3093.00IMaster03,500$28,050$60,990
Hydrologists19-2043.00IRMaster0.717,000$50,600$83,740
Industrial Engineering Technicians17-3026.00IRCAssociate-0.4566,500$33,520$56,920
Industrial Engineers17-2112.00ICEBachelor0.09241,100$54,070$88,530
Life Scientists, all other19-1099.00*Bachelor0.6610,600$44,190$83,150
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, all other19-4099.00RICAssociate0.6878,200$26,310$49,270
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects17-2121.00IRBachelor0.848,300$58,580$99,860
Materials Engineers17-2131.00IREBachelor0.1225,300$54,870$97,050
Materials Scientists19-2032.00IRBachelor0.277,300$49,890$101,570
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Mathematical Science Occupations, all other15-2099.00*Master0.561,800$28,890$77,550
Mathematical Technicians15-2091.00IRCBachelor-0.831,200$28,980$58,490
Mathematicians15-2021.00ICAMaster23,500$54,890$105,600
Mechanical Engineering Technicians17-3027.00RIAssociate0.1948,400$34,030$57,180
Mechanical Engineers17-2141.00IRCBachelor0.53277,500$54,420$89,800
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists19-1042.00IRADoctorate0.82107,900$44,550$95,000
Microbiologists19-1022.00IRDoctorate0.3622,400$39,480$76,850
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
Nuclear Technicians19-4051.00RCIAssociate-0.596,800$45,850$77,820
Petroleum Engineers17-2171.00IRCBachelor0.9735,100$73,000$147,030
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Physical Scientists, all other19-2099.00IRBachelor0.1128,500$47,380$98,460
Physicists19-2012.00IRDoctorate0.7718,100$57,640$121,770
Political Scientists19-3094.00IASMaster-0.326,200$57,750$112,250
Social Science Research Assistants19-4061.00CIAssociate0.5632,000$22,090$46,820
Social Scientists and Related Workers, all other19-3099.00ICMaster-0.235,600$45,420$80,860
Statisticians15-2041.00CIMaster3.3730,000$46,500$85,160
Surveyors17-1022.00RCIBachelor-0.244,300$33,630$63,480
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists19-1023.00IRBachelor0.4221,300$39,150$64,890

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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 $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 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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