Conservation scientists & foresters

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
21.7k
Average Age
41.7
Average Salary
$61,382
Average Male Salary
$63,998
Average Female Salary
$54,864

About

Conservation scientists & foresters are most often employed by the Administration of environmental quality & housing programs industry. The average yearly wage for Conservation scientists & foresters was $61,382 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Conservation scientists & foresters by wage are Buyers & purchasing agents, farm products, Web and digital interface designers, and Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Conservation scientists & foresters are Columbia, Lincoln, Clatsop & Tillamook Counties PUMA, OR, Humboldt County PUMA, CA, and Missoula City PUMA, MT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Conservation scientists & foresters are Stevens, Okanogan, Pend Oreille & Ferry Counties PUMA, WA, Humboldt County PUMA, CA, and Columbia, Lincoln, Clatsop & Tillamook Counties PUMA, OR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Conservation scientists & foresters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs is the industry that employs the most Conservation scientists & foresters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Conservation scientists & foresters, by average wage, is Pulp, paper, & paperboard mills . Conservation scientists & foresters are paid most in Southeast Arkansas PUMA, AR but are relatively concentrated in Stevens, Okanogan, Pend Oreille & Ferry Counties PUMA, WA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$61,382
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,255

In 2020, Conservation scientists & foresters earned an average of $61,382, $5,428 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Buyers & purchasing agents, farm products make somewhat more than Conservation scientists & foresters while Web and digital interface designers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Conservation scientists & foresters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.271
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Conservation scientists & foresters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.271, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Conservation scientists & foresters (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Conservation scientists & foresters.

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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 Conservation scientists & foresters.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Conservation scientists & foresters, by average wage, are Pulp, paper, & paperboard mills , Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Sawmills & wood preservation.

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Industries by Share

21.7k
2020 Workforce
± 3,613
6.61%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 22.5%

The number of people employed as Conservation scientists & foresters has been growing at a rate of 6.61%, from 20,315 people in 2019 to 21,658 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Conservation scientists & foresters employed by various industries. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs employs the largest share of Conservation scientists & foresters at  26.9%, followed by Forestry except logging with 16.6% and Administration of economic programs & space research with 11.7%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Conservation scientists & foresters in the US. The average age of male Conservation scientists & foresters in the workforce is 43.1 and of female Conservation scientists & foresters is 38.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Conservation scientists & foresters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

15.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,052
6.2k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,934

71.4% of Conservation scientists & foresters are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Conservation scientists & foresters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Conservation scientists & foresters
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

90.3% of Conservation scientists & foresters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 3.94% of Conservation scientists & foresters, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Conservation scientists & foresters.

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Age by Sex

43.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.51
38.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.67

The median age of Conservation scientists & foresters is 41.7, and Male employees are generally 4.68 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Conservation scientists & foresters from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Conservation scientists & foresters is Natural Resources & Conservation but a relatively high number of Conservation scientists & foresters hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

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