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Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupation Profiles



Distinct Groups (43): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes190000.htm
Employment: 1,152,840
Mean Hourly Wage: $35.06
Mean Annual Wage: $72,930
Largest Employment Category--Medical Scientists (excluding Epidemiologists)—108,870
Smallest Employment Category--Industrial Organizational Psychologists—1,020
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Life, Physical, and Social Science occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 43 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Astronomers Rapid Growth Video
Atmospheric and Space Scientists Rapid Growth Video
Biochemists and Biophysicists Rapid Growth Video
Biological Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Rapid Growth Video
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Forensic Science Technicians / Criminalist Rapid Growth Video
Geological and Petroleum Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Geoscientists Rapid Growth Video
Hydrologists  Rapid Growth Video
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Medical Scientists Rapid Growth Video
Physicists Rapid Growth Video
Psychologists Rapid Growth Video
Urban and Regional Planners Rapid Growth Video

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 1,152,840 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $72,930.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Life group’s mean hourly wage of $35.06, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $72,930. 

Did you know? The nonmetropolitan area with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation is Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area with 2,590 workers creating a remarkable 171.17 per 1,000 jobs ratio. For perspective, Ann Arbor, MI represents the metropolitan area with the highest concentration, with 9,740 workers and a 46.17 per 1,000 jobs ratio. 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 


 Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here. 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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