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

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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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