Atmospheric and space scientists
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Overview
Atmospheric scientists study the weather and climate, and examine how those conditions affect human activity and the earth in general.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for atmospheric and space scientists are expected to grow by 12%, and should have about 900 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of autmoation for ${title} is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Workforce size
Atmospheric and space scientists, with 10,400 workers, form a smaller workforce than 87% of careers.
Education
About 81% of atmospheric and space scientists have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by atmospheric and space scientists
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More atmospheric and space scientists have bachelor's degrees than 87% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for atmospheric and space scientists is higher than 91% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most atmospheric and space scientists.
This job's median $94KAll jobs' median $39K$94K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 20% of atmospheric and space scientists -- that's a smaller percentage than 63% of other jobs.
Gender of atmospheric and space scientists
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For atmospheric and space scientists, the median men's salary was 41% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 11% of atmospheric and space scientists are minority, and 7% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of atmospheric and space scientists
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (7%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Atmospheric and Space Scientists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 89% of atmospheric and space scientists, and 79% have company-sponsored health insurance (26% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for atmospheric and space scientists
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 91% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of atmospheric and space scientists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (85%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do atmospheric and space scientists earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for atmospheric and space scientists, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for atmospheric and space scientists compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for atmospheric and space scientists (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all atmospheric and space scientists, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for atmospheric and space scientists compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for atmospheric and space scientists (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where atmospheric and space scientists work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Atmospheric and space scientists (ACS)
Private for-profit (38.2%)
Private not-for-profit (2.8%)
Local government (0.6%)
State government (2.8%)
Federal government (54.7%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.4%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of atmospheric and space scientists by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$71K$76K$65K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of atmospheric and space scientists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for atmospheric and space scientists

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Atmospheric and space scientists and gender

With 20% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 63% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Atmospheric and space scientists
Men (80%)
Women (20%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for atmospheric and space scientists tops that, with the median salary for men 41% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Atmospheric and space scientists have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 91% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of atmospheric and space scientists

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority atmospheric and space scientists than for 88% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of atmospheric and space scientists
White (87% )
Black (5% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
Asian (2% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for atmospheric and space scientists by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for atmospheric and space scientists by nativity
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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by atmospheric and space scientists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), atmospheric and space scientists typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as atmospheric and space scientists as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for atmospheric and space scientists.

Education attained by atmospheric and space scientists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for atmospheric and space scientists

Atmospheric scientists typically need a bachelor’s degree, either in atmospheric science or a related scientific field that specifically studies atmospheric qualities and phenomena. Bachelor’s degrees in physics, chemistry, or geology are usually adequate, alternative preparation for those who wish to enter the atmospheric sciences. Prospective meteorologists usually take courses outside of the typical atmospheric sciences field.

Course requirements, in addition to courses in meteorology and atmospheric science, usually include advanced courses in physics and mathematics. Classes in computer programming are important because many atmospheric scientists have to write and edit the computer software programs that produce forecasts. Coursework in remote sensing of the environment, by radar or satellite, may be required.

Atmospheric scientists who work in research must at least have a master’s degree, but will usually need a Ph.D. in atmospheric science or a related field. Most graduate programs do not require prospective students to have a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science; a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, or engineering is excellent preparation for graduate study in atmospheric science. In addition to advanced meteorological coursework, graduate students take courses in other disciplines, such as oceanography and geophysics.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for atmospheric and space scientists? Below we see the distribution of atmospheric and space scientists salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as atmospheric and space scientists, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$40K$71K$79K$103K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSome College (9%)Bachelor's Degree (48%)Master's Degree (21%)Doctorate (11%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by atmospheric and space scientists

This table shows the college majors held by people working as atmospheric and space scientists. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Atmospheric and space scientists with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
4.8%
$0$200K$86K
2.5%
$0$200K$57K
2.3%
$0$200K$63K
2.0%
$0$200K$73K
2.0%
$0$200K$61K
1.9%
$0$200K$80K
1.9%
$0$200K$89K
1.8%
$0$200K$56K
1.6%
$0$200K$73K
1.4%
$0$200K$56K
1.4%
$0$200K$87K
1.3%
$0$200K$51K
1.3%
$0$200K$51K
1.2%
$0$200K$60K
1.1%
$0$200K$92K
1.1%
$0$200K$97K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as atmospheric and space scientists, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by atmospheric and space scientists given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Atmospheric and space scientistsManagers (specialized areas)Physical scientists (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersApplications and systems software developersElementary and middle school teachersAircraft pilots and flight engineersManagement analystsEnvironmental scientists and geoscientistsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersEngineers (specialized areas)Physicians and surgeonsComputer programmersEpidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsChief executives and legislatorsNews analysts, reporters and correspondentsEditorsMarketing and sales managersLawyers, judges, and magistratesWriters and authorsPublic Relations SpecialistsProducers and directorsDentistsRegistered nursesClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsSecondary school teachersComputer systems analystsComputer and information systems managersActuariesAccountants and auditorsSurveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetristsComputer occupations (specialized areas)Urban and regional plannersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesCivil engineersMechanical engineersElectrical and electronics engineersIndustrial engineersAerospace engineersArchitectural and engineering managersCustomer service representativesHuman resources workersSecretaries and administrative assistantsRetail salespersonsChemists and materials scientistsAtmospheric Sciences andMeteorologyPhysicsJournalismBiologyMathematicsGeographyGeneral EngineeringMechanical EngineeringCommunicationsChemistryAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for atmospheric and space scientists

What jobs will most atmospheric and space scientists hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of atmospheric and space scientists reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Atmospheric and space scientistsManagers (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersHuman resources managersEnvironmental scientists and geoscientistsOperations research analystsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Financial managersNews analysts, reporters and correspondentsComputer systems analystsMaterials engineersAnnouncers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for atmospheric and space scientists

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies the one job which was held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as atmospheric and space scientists as well as 1% of respondents after working as atmospheric and space scientists. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for atmospheric and space scientists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Physical scientists (specialized areas)
2,000
$0$200K$69K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for atmospheric and space scientists: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as atmospheric and space scientists? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of atmospheric and space scientists surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for atmospheric and space scientists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Service sales representatives
131,900
$0$200K$57K
5.8%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
4.8%
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
4.7%
Production, planning, and expediting clerks
35,500
$0$200K$45K
3.1%
Science technicians
24,800
$0$200K$41K
10.9%
Industrial engineers
21,600
$0$200K$77K
7.8%
Physical scientists (specialized areas)
2,000
$0$200K$69K
11.1%
Atmospheric and space scientists
900
$0$200K$71K
45.9%
No occupation
5.2%
Read about atmospheric and space scientists
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Atmospheric scientists typically do the following:

  • Measure temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind speed, dew point, and other properties of the atmosphere
  • Use computer models that analyze data about the atmosphere (also called meteorological data)
  • Write computer programs to support their modeling efforts
  • Conduct research to improve understanding of weather phenomena
  • Generate weather graphics for users
  • Report current weather conditions
  • Prepare long- and short-term weather forecasts by using computers, mathematical models, satellites, radar, and local station data
  • Plan, organize, and participate in outreach programs aimed at educating the public about weather
  • Issue warnings to protect life and property when threatened by severe weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods

Atmospheric scientists use highly developed instruments and computer programs to do their jobs. For example, they use weather balloons, radar systems, and satellites to monitor the weather and collect data. The data they collect and analyze are critical to understanding global warming and other issues. Atmospheric scientists also use graphics software to illustrate their forecasts and reports in order to advise their clients or the public.

Many atmospheric scientists work with other geoscientists or even social scientists to help solve problems in areas such as commerce, energy, transportation, agriculture, and the environment. For example, some atmospheric scientists work closely with hydrologists and government organizations to study the impact climate change may have on water supplies and to manage water resources.

The following are examples of types of atmospheric scientists:

Atmospheric chemists study atmospheric components, reactions, measurement techniques, and processes. They study climates and gases, chemical reactions that occur in clouds, and ultraviolet radiation.

Atmospheric physicists and dynamists study the physical movements and interactions that occur in the atmosphere. They may study how terrain affects weather and causes turbulence, how solar phenomena affect satellite communications and navigation, or they may study the causes and effects of lightning.

Broadcast meteorologists give forecasts to the general public through television, radio, and the Internet. They use graphics software to develop maps and charts that explain their forecasts. Not all weather broadcasters seen on television are meteorologists or atmospheric scientists; reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts present weather conditions and forecasts, but do not have specific training in meteorology.

Climatologists study historical weather patterns to interpret long-term weather patterns or shifts in climate by using primarily statistical methods. Global climate change is the main area of study for climatologists. Paleoclimatology is a specialization within this field. Climatologists who specialize in paleoclimatology may take samples from icebergs and other sources to gather data on the atmosphere that cover very long periods of time.

Climate scientists work on the theoretical foundations and the modeling of climate change. The nature of this work requires the use of complex mathematical models to try to forecast many months, and sometimes longer, into the future. Their studies can be used to design buildings, plan heating and cooling systems, and aid in efficient land use and agricultural production.

Forensic meteorologists use historical weather data to reconstruct the weather conditions for a specific location and time. They investigate what role weather played in unusual events such as traffic accidents and fires. Forensic meteorologists may be called as experts to testify in court.

Research meteorologists develop new methods of data collection, observation, and forecasting. They also conduct studies to improve basic understandings of climate, weather, and other aspects of the atmosphere. For example, some research meteorologists study severe weather patterns that produce hurricanes and tornadoes to understand why cyclones form and to develop better ways of predicting them. Others focus on environmental problems, such as air pollution. Research meteorologists often work with scientists in other fields. For example, they may work with computer scientists to develop new forecasting software or with oceanographers to study interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere. They may also work with engineers to develop new instruments so that they can collect the data they need.

Weather forecasters use computer and mathematical models to produce weather reports and short-term forecasts that can range from a few minutes to more than a week. They develop forecasts for the general public and for specific customers such as airports, water transportation, shippers, farmers, utility companies, insurance companies, and other businesses. For example, they may provide forecasts to power suppliers so that the suppliers can plan for events, such as heat waves, that would cause a change in electricity demand. They also issue advanced warnings for potentially severe weather, such as blizzards and hurricanes. Some forecasters prepare long-range outlooks to predict whether temperatures and precipitation levels will be above or below average in a particular month or season. These workers become familiar with general weather patterns, atmospheric predictability, precipitation, and forecasting techniques.

Some people with an atmospheric science background may become professors or postsecondary teachers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of atmospheric and space scientists? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Atmospheric scientists must be able to focus for many hours, working with computer models and massive amounts of data to prepare analyses on their findings.
Communication skills
Atmospheric scientists need to be able to write and speak clearly so that their knowledge about the weather can be used effectively by communities and individuals.
Critical-thinking skills
Atmospheric scientists need to be able to analyze the results of their computer models and forecasts to determine the most likely outcome.
Math skills
Atmospheric scientists use calculus, statistics, and other advanced topics in mathematics to develop models used to forecast the weather. They also use mathematical calculations to study the relationship between properties of the atmosphere, such as how changes in air pressure may affect air temperature.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for atmospheric and space scientists
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for atmospheric and space scientists was higher than 91% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for atmospheric and space scientists are anticipated to grow by 12% over the next decade; only 19% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for atmospheric and space scientists is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most atmospheric and space scientists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as atmospheric and space scientists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Atmospheric and Space Scientists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where atmospheric and space scientists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for atmospheric and space scientists compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for atmospheric and space scientists.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Atmospheric and Space Scientists to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which atmospheric and space scientists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Atmospheric and space scientists (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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