Interest Area

Physical Sciences & Technologies

Explore how nature shapes our earth, oceans, and universe. Students who complete an area of study in Physical Sciences and Technologies will develop skills in the application of mathematics, analysis, scientific writing and laboratory techniques to a large cross section of physical phenomena. Areas of study include Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, and Oceanography.

Programs

Chemistry

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Physics

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  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

Explore Careers Related to Physical Sciences & Technologies

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Median Salary

$75,845

Job Growth

+17%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 20%
  • Certificate
  • 39%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 33%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 8%
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Aerospace Engineers

Median Salary

$128,914

Job Growth

-12%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 8%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 59%
  • Master's Degree
  • 33%
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Agricultural Engineers

Median Salary

$77,808

Job Growth

-9%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 81%
  • Master's Degree
  • 12%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 8%
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Agricultural Equipment Operators

Median Salary

$32,883

Job Growth

-18%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 76%
  • Certificate
  • 14%
  • Some College
  • 10%
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Agricultural Inspectors

Median Salary

$43,583

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 63%
  • Some College
  • 12%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 12%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 10%
  • Master's Degree
  • 2%
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Agricultural Technicians

Median Salary

$44,589

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 18%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 30%
  • Master's Degree
  • 49%
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Allergists and Immunologists

Median Salary

$244,475

Job Growth

-4%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 91%
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Anesthesiologist Assistants

Median Salary

$125,102

Job Growth

+32%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 22%
  • Certificate
  • 17%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Master's Degree
  • 57%
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Anesthesiologists

Median Salary

$466,699

Job Growth

-81%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 6%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 94%
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Animal Scientists

Median Salary

$54,607

Job Growth

+45%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 15%
  • Master's Degree
  • 26%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 59%
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Archivists

Median Salary

$58,489

Job Growth

+35%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 16%
  • Master's Degree
  • 84%
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Astronomers

Median Salary

$170,101

Job Growth

+15%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 91%
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Atmospheric and Space Scientists

Median Salary

$128,333

Job Growth

+24%

Education

  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 50%
  • Master's Degree
  • 30%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 15%
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Biochemical Engineers

Median Salary

$103,953

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 60%
  • Master's Degree
  • 16%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 20%
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Biochemists and Biophysicists

Median Salary

$85,897

Job Growth

+25%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 25%
  • Master's Degree
  • 10%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 65%
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Biofuel Technology and Product Development Managers

Median Salary

$173,805

Job Growth

-2%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 6%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 57%
  • Master's Degree
  • 29%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 3%
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Biofuels Processing Technicians

Median Salary

$61,121

Job Growth

1%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 73%
  • Certificate
  • 18%
  • Some College
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 6%
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Biofuels Production Managers

Median Salary

$105,857

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Some College
  • 19%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 15%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 52%
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Bioinformatics Scientists

Median Salary

$97,733

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 34%
  • Master's Degree
  • 20%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 46%
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Bioinformatics Technicians

Median Salary

$51,613

Job Growth

-46%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 53%
  • Master's Degree
  • 41%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 6%
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Biological Technicians

Median Salary

$46,615

Job Growth

-3%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Some College
  • 1%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 63%
  • Master's Degree
  • 29%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 4%
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Biologists

Median Salary

$97,733

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 43%
  • Master's Degree
  • 57%
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Biomass Plant Technicians

Median Salary

$61,121

Job Growth

1%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 66%
  • Certificate
  • 24%
  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 2%
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Biomass Power Plant Managers

Median Salary

$105,857

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 7%
  • Certificate
  • 13%
  • Some College
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 17%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 61%
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Biomedical Engineers

Median Salary

$85,777

Job Growth

-24%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 57%
  • Master's Degree
  • 30%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 13%
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Biostatisticians

Median Salary

$95,769

Job Growth

+6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 8%
  • Master's Degree
  • 44%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 48%
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Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site Managers

Median Salary

$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 80%
  • Master's Degree
  • 12%
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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

Median Salary

$74,799

Job Growth

+4%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 10%
  • Certificate
  • 13%
  • Some College
  • 8%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 63%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3%
  • Master's Degree
  • 4%
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Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

Median Salary

$96,856

Job Growth

+32%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 36%
  • Some College
  • 11%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 11%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 32%
  • Master's Degree
  • 11%
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Chemical Engineers

Median Salary

$110,106

Job Growth

-9%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 82%
  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 9%
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Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Median Salary

$49,217

Job Growth

1%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 51%
  • Certificate
  • 14%
  • Some College
  • 21%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2%
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Chemical Plant and System Operators

Median Salary

$34,414

Job Growth

-13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 62%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 36%
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Chemical Technicians

Median Salary

$45,618

Job Growth

0%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 22%
  • Some College
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 50%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 26%
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Chemists

Median Salary

$69,521

Job Growth

+3%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 88%
  • Master's Degree
  • 7%
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Chief Sustainability Officers

Median Salary

$185,975

Job Growth

-5%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 62%
  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
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Chiropractors

Median Salary

$63,053

Job Growth

-41%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Certificate
  • 7%
  • Master's Degree
  • 8%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 82%
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City and Regional Planning Aides

Median Salary

$49,733

Job Growth

+16%

Education

  • Some College
  • 10%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 35%
  • Master's Degree
  • 50%
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Civil Engineering Technicians

Median Salary

$70,789

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 3%
  • Certificate
  • 30%
  • Some College
  • 28%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 21%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 18%
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Climate Change Analysts

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 82%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 7%
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Clinical Research Coordinators

Median Salary

$162,212

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 8%
  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 9%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 56%
  • Master's Degree
  • 12%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 8%
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Community Health Workers

Median Salary

$46,842

Job Growth

+28%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 7%
  • Some College
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 23%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 52%
  • Master's Degree
  • 15%
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Curators

Median Salary

$62,826

Job Growth

+12%

Education

  • Some College
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 1%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 14%
  • Master's Degree
  • 44%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 37%
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Dental Laboratory Technicians

Median Salary

$40,709

Job Growth

+12%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 54%
  • Certificate
  • 22%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 17%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7%
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Dentists

Median Salary

$136,870

Job Growth

-23%

Education

  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 6%
  • Master's Degree
  • 6%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 81%
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Dermatologists

Median Salary

$244,475

Job Growth

-4%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 17%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 83%
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Dietitians and Nutritionists

Median Salary

$78,764

Job Growth

+12%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 62%
  • Master's Degree
  • 29%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 10%
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Electrical Engineering Technologists

Median Salary

$61,149

Job Growth

+14%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 26%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 51%
  • Master's Degree
  • 13%
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Electrical Engineers

Median Salary

$118,022

Job Growth

+3%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 2%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 71%
  • Master's Degree
  • 24%
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Energy Auditors

Median Salary

$76,661

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 23%
  • Certificate
  • 27%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 36%
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Energy Brokers

Median Salary

$58,811

Job Growth

-13%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 74%
View Career

Environmental Compliance Inspectors

Median Salary

$81,261

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 95%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
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Environmental Economists

Median Salary

$128,911

Job Growth

+29%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 41%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 48%
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Environmental Engineering Technicians

Median Salary

$60,918

Job Growth

-24%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 11%
  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 1%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 72%
View Career

Environmental Engineers

Median Salary

$110,122

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 73%
  • Master's Degree
  • 27%
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Environmental Restoration Planners

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 43%
  • Master's Degree
  • 57%
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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

Median Salary

$46,342

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 64%
  • Master's Degree
  • 14%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 5%
View Career

Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 70%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
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Epidemiologists

Median Salary

$100,692

Job Growth

+16%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7%
  • Master's Degree
  • 63%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 30%
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Family and General Practitioners

Median Salary

$118,295

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2%
  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 88%
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Fish and Game Wardens

Median Salary

$87,643

Job Growth

-205%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Some College
  • 2%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 79%
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Food Science Technicians

Median Salary

$44,589

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 35%
  • Certificate
  • 13%
  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 13%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 17%
  • Master's Degree
  • 14%
View Career

Food Scientists and Technologists

Median Salary

$79,580

Job Growth

+14%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 65%
  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 26%
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Forensic Science Technicians

Median Salary

$90,143

Job Growth

+15%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 7%
  • Some College
  • 39%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 39%
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Forest and Conservation Technicians

Median Salary

$47,033

Job Growth

-7%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 35%
  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Some College
  • 10%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 35%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 15%
View Career

Forest and Conservation Workers

Median Salary

$30,975

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Certificate
  • 2%
  • Some College
  • 12%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 58%
View Career

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Median Salary

$92,860

Job Growth

+47%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 32%
  • Certificate
  • 9%
  • Some College
  • 18%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 18%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 24%
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Foresters

Median Salary

$59,043

Job Growth

+23%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 6%
  • Some College
  • 6%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 7%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 81%
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Fuel Cell Engineers

Median Salary

$102,751

Job Growth

-4%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 38%
  • Master's Degree
  • 33%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 29%
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Fuel Cell Technicians

Median Salary

$61,149

Job Growth

+14%

Education

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Geneticists

Median Salary

$97,733

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 7%
  • Master's Degree
  • 7%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 87%
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Geodetic Surveyors

Median Salary

$103,685

Job Growth

-5%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 15%
  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 55%
  • Master's Degree
  • 25%
View Career

Geographers

Median Salary

$89,380

Job Growth

-59%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 43%
  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 22%
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Geographic Information Systems Technicians

Median Salary

$81,816

Job Growth

-10%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 3%
  • Certificate
  • 1%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 1%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 68%
  • Master's Degree
  • 27%
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Geological Sample Test Technicians

Median Salary

$75,992

Job Growth

-16%

Education

  • Some College
  • 10%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 52%
  • Master's Degree
  • 29%
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Geophysical Data Technicians

Median Salary

$75,992

Job Growth

-16%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Certificate
  • 6%
  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 18%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 29%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
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Geoscientists

Median Salary

$106,046

Job Growth

-11%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 41%
  • Master's Degree
  • 44%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 16%
View Career

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

Median Salary

$81,816

Job Growth

-10%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 65%
  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
View Career

Geothermal Production Managers

Median Salary

$105,857

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 11%
  • Certificate
  • 19%
  • Some College
  • 48%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 3%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 20%
View Career

Geothermal Technicians

Median Salary

$42,724

Job Growth

-21%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 66%
  • Certificate
  • 20%
  • Some College
  • 12%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 2%
View Career

Health Educators

Median Salary

$69,122

Job Growth

-8%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 62%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 31%
  • Master's Degree
  • 3%
View Career

Hydroelectric Production Managers

Median Salary

$105,857

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Certificate
  • 29%
  • Some College
  • 14%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 21%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 22%
View Career

Hydrologists

Median Salary

$101,646

Job Growth

+21%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 43%
  • Master's Degree
  • 52%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 4%
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Industrial Engineers

Median Salary

$101,780

Job Growth

0%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 8%
  • Some College
  • 16%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 3%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 63%
  • Master's Degree
  • 11%
View Career

Mapping Technicians

Median Salary

$81,889

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 9%
  • Certificate
  • 13%
  • Some College
  • 14%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 48%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
View Career

Marine Engineers

Median Salary

$99,727

Job Growth

-8%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Some College
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 78%
  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
View Career

Materials Engineers

Median Salary

$107,445

Job Growth

-10%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 52%
  • Master's Degree
  • 10%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 38%
View Career

Materials Scientists

Median Salary

$113,375

Job Growth

-72%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 38%
  • Master's Degree
  • 33%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 24%
View Career

Mechanical Engineers

Median Salary

$102,751

Job Growth

-4%

Education

  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 7%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 88%
View Career

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Median Salary

$59,068

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 31%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 56%
  • Master's Degree
  • 7%
View Career

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Median Salary

$59,068

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • Some College
  • 1%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 30%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 63%
  • Master's Degree
  • 5%
View Career

Medical Assistants

Median Salary

$37,021

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 10%
  • Certificate
  • 65%
  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 18%
View Career

Microbiologists

Median Salary

$93,047

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 65%
  • Master's Degree
  • 17%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 13%
View Career

Middle School Career and Technical Education Teachers

Median Salary

$89,032

Job Growth

+25%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 81%
  • Master's Degree
  • 19%
View Career

Mining and Geological Engineers

Median Salary

$137,987

Job Growth

+54%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 96%
  • Master's Degree
  • 3%
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Molecular and Cellular Biologists

Median Salary

$97,733

Job Growth

-6%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 30%
  • Master's Degree
  • 13%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 52%
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Museum Technicians and Conservators

Median Salary

$45,068

Job Growth

-3%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Certificate
  • 20%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 7%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 24%
  • Master's Degree
  • 47%
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Natural Sciences Managers

Median Salary

$162,212