Life, Physical, & Social Sciences

Employment of life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 124,800 new jobs. Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth.

The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $64,510 in May 2017, which was higher than the median wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Agricultural and Food Science TechniciansAssociate's degree$39,910
Agricultural and Food ScientistsBachelor's degree$62,910
Anthropologists and ArcheologistsMaster's degree$62,280
Atmospheric Scientists, Including MeteorologistsBachelor's degree$92,070
Biochemists and BiophysicistsDoctoral or professional degree$91,190
Biological TechniciansBachelor's degree$43,800
Chemical TechniciansAssociate's degree$47,280
Chemists and Materials ScientistsBachelor's degree$76,280
Conservation Scientists and ForestersBachelor's degree$60,970
EconomistsMaster's degree$102,490
Environmental Science and Protection TechniciansAssociate's degree$45,490
Environmental Scientists and SpecialistsBachelor's degree$69,400
EpidemiologistsMaster's degree$69,660
Forensic Science TechniciansBachelor's degree$57,850
GeographersBachelor's degree$76,860
Geological and Petroleum TechniciansAssociate's degree$54,190
GeoscientistsBachelor's degree$89,850
HistoriansMaster's degree$59,120
HydrologistsBachelor's degree$79,990
Medical ScientistsDoctoral or professional degree$82,090
MicrobiologistsBachelor's degree$69,960
Nuclear TechniciansAssociate's degree$80,370
Physicists and AstronomersDoctoral or professional degree$117,220
Political ScientistsMaster's degree$115,110
SociologistsMaster's degree$79,650
Survey ResearchersMaster's degree$54,270
Urban and Regional PlannersMaster's degree$71,490
Zoologists and Wildlife BiologistsBachelor's degree$62,290
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/home.htm