Astronomers & physicists

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Total Workforce

10.3k

Average Age

45.4

Estimated Job Growth

14.1%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$115,809

Average Male Salary

$123,323

Average Female Salary

$83,458

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Astronomers & physicists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Astronomers & physicists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Astronomers & physicists, by average wage, is Hospitals. Astronomers & physicists are paid most in Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$115,809

AVERAGE SALARY

± $14,361

In 2017, Astronomers & physicists earned an average of $115,809, $63,745 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Financial analysts make somewhat more than Astronomers & physicists while Computer & information systems managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Astronomers & physicists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.324

WAGE GINI

In 2016, Astronomers & physicists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.324, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Astronomers & physicists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Astronomers & physicists.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Astronomers & physicists, by average wage, are Hospitals, Administration of economic programs & space research, and Scientific research & development services.

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Industries by Share

10.3k

2017 Workforce

± 2,489

-9.35%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 36.9%

The number of people employed as Astronomers & physicists has been declining at a rate of -9.35%, from 11,343 people in 2016 to 10,282 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Astronomers & physicists employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Astronomers & physicists at  33.8%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 15% and Administration of economic programs & space research with 9.48%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Astronomers & physicists in the US. The average age of male Astronomers & physicists in the workforce is 46.9 and of female Astronomers & physicists is 39, and the most common race/ethnicity for Astronomers & physicists is White.

Gender Composition

8.34k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,243

1.94k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,081

81.2% of Astronomers & physicists are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Astronomers & physicists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Astronomers & physicists

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

84.6% of Astronomers & physicists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.7% of Astronomers & physicists, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Astronomers & physicists.

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Age by Gender

46.9

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 3.65

39

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 7.57

The median age of Astronomers & physicists is 45.4, and Male employees are generally 7.93 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Astronomers & physicists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Astronomers & physicists is Physical Sciences but a relatively high number of Astronomers & physicists hold a major in Physical Sciences.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Astronomers & physicists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Astronomers & physicists need many skills, but most especially Science, Mathematics, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Astronomers & physicists need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Management of Financial Resources.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Astronomers & physicists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Astronomers & physicists are expected to see a growth of 14.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

14.1%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Astronomers & physicists. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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