Top 10 Jobs in Science

For most jobs you need at least a bachelor's degree, and an increasing number are asking for a master's or a doctorate. Luckily, this hard work is rewarded with attractive salaries that range on average from $56,100 to $95,740, with the highest earners making six figures. Here are the top 10 jobs in science (based on the projected job growth) as reported by the BLS.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of science-related jobs will increase at a rate faster than the national average between now and 2016. Environmental scientists, hydrologists and geoscientists will experience the fastest growth. Careers in science demand large amounts of education, and some require extensive research just to qualify for a position. For most jobs you need at least a bachelor's degree, and an increasing number are asking for a master's or a doctorate. Luckily, this hard work is rewarded with attractive salaries that range on average from $56,100 to $95,740, with the highest earners making six figures.


Here are the top 10 jobs in science (based on the projected job growth) as reported by the BLS.

1. Environmental scientists research issues relating to natural resources, plants, animals and humans. They use their findings to spread awareness about pollution and how it can be prevented

Earnings: $56,100*

Projected growth by 2016: 25 percent

New jobs by 2016: 21,000


2. Hydrologists study bodies of water and rainfall throughout the world. Their research helps other scientists, governments and businesses understand what pollutants are affecting the water supply.

Earnings: $66,260

Projected growth by 2016: 24 percent

New jobs by 2016: 2,000


3. Geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) study the characteristics of the Earth in an attempt to understand its origins and how it has evolved.

Earnings: $72,660

Projected growth by 2016: 22 percent

New jobs by 2016: 6,800


4. Medical scientists (not including epidemiologists) study human health and diseases in order to develop treatments and discover preventative measures.

Earnings: $61,680

Projected growth by 2016: 20 percent

New jobs by 2016: 18,000


5. Biochemists and Biophysicists study how chemistry and physics affect living organisms, respectively.

Earnings: $76,320

Projected growth by 2016: 16 percent

New jobs by 2016: 3,200


6. Atmospheric scientists monitor the behavior of the Earth's atmosphere in order to understand its role in the environment. Their work is gaining more visibility as they learn more about global warming, which has become a media and political focal point.

Earnings: $77,150

Projected growth by 2016: 11 percent

New jobs by 2016: 900


7. Materials scientists attempt to learn about the composition of natural and synthetic materials in order to enhance them or develop new ones. These materials, such as metals or plastic, can be found in everyday items or in large structures.

Earnings: $74,610

Projected growth by 2016: 9 percent<

New jobs by 2016: 800


8. Physicists study the properties of matter and motion. This includes researching the universe's origin or developing new scientific tools, depending on their specialization.

Earnings: $94,240

Projected growth by 2016: 7 percent

New jobs by 2016: 1,000


9. Astronomers study the characteristics and behavior of the sun, stars, galaxies and planets of the universe.

Earnings: $95,740

Projected growth by 2016: 6 percent

New jobs by 2016: 100


10. Biological scientists observe and study all forms of life, from microscopic organisms to humans, in order to better understand how these organisms develop and interact with their surroundings.

Earnings: $76,320

Projected growth by 2016: 4 percent

New jobs by 2016: 1,100


*Median annual salary information based on BLS data.


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jlg12866

It is common knowledge that America demands graduates from STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields. The American education system often is inadequate in producing effective science programs in high school. Do NOT read what SWR wrote, it is "balloon juice."

Geoscientists, physicists, engineers, applied mathematicians, and educators (although I've heard it's difficult to find a job in education at the moment) are in great demand. The reasoning for geoscientists is obvious, human beings require resources. Geologists have the knowledge to obtain precious resources that are required to sustain an economy (OIL). Physicistsand engineers develop machines that are capable of improving our living conditions (airplanes, cars, etc.).

October 20 2012 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
raxx

this does not include government jobs such as that in the cia.

January 25 2012 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Techguy

This article failed to list even one job related to the booming IT industry; that in itself should tell you something about its accuracy.

September 17 2011 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kyle

IT would be considered technology not science

March 01 2012 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R.K

hello,
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February 27 2011 at 2:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SRW

I know this article was written a year ago but that hindsight only strengthens my comments. This author either lives on a different planet than the rest of us or foolishly wrote the article with one source which I suspect was the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [fantasy/fiction]. If you are considering going to college and especially if you are considering borrowing lots of money to do so please know that this article is pure balloon juice!!! [100%]
The actual reality as others looking for work in almost every single field the author lists with any degree, bachelor's and grad, and doctorate will also attest to is that there is no work in those fields, won't be more work any time soon, and the salary figures are exaggerated by anywhere from 10, to probably 30,000 dollars. The salary figures are from the folks who have been working in the field for many, many years and most likely living in rather expensive urban areas were salaries and the cost of living are both high.
DO NOT use this for guidance in choosing a college program. Do not rely on professors and guidance counselors advice [as Warren Buffet said, Never ask the barber if you need a haircut.] Professors and other college sales staff [that's what they amount to salesmen] will assure you that work exists in the fields they offer and gladly help you down that garden path to deep college debt with little chance of obtaining work in the field of study after graduation. [Fact] Ask actual people, actually doing these type of jobs, what the salaries and how hard it is to get a job first. No one else knows what they are talking about. Know also that you will likely have to move anywhere to find a job and that the salary that looks good from where you live may not be in that area if it is very expensive to live in.

April 23 2010 at 8:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ya why doesn't it have geographers and GIS by the why I am another George.:)

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George

Hoqw come nothing is mentioned about geographers and GIS (Global Information Systems)?

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