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12 awesome jobs for people who love science

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 14 Oct 2019


There is a wide variety of career paths to follow if you love science.Insider used data from the Occupational Information Network to create a list of amazing jobs for science-lovers.The list explains the average salary, job openings, and the basics of the job.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Did you start your mornings with "Bill Nye the Science Guy" as a kid' Did you ace your chemistry and physics classes in high school' Do you dream of wearing a lab coat to work'If so, you might have a thing forscience.To find the top 12 jobs for science lovers,we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET),a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on almost 1,000 occupations.One of the many things O*NET analyzes is how important science is to each of the 974 jobs in its database. We focused on jobs where science had an "importance" rating of 81 or higher.We then used the BLS data to look for the median annual pay for jobs, which was last reported in 2018. We also listed the projected job openings (openings due to growth and replacement) from 2016-2026.Finally, we made sure to note which jobs were labeled as "green occupations," meaning that they will likely evolve as a result of the green economy, which is influencing the demand of scientists in the field. Any "green occupation" is likely going to have an increased employment demand in the years to come.As it turns out, most of these science-heavy gigs pay fairly wellbut this doesn't come as a surprise, given that almost every occupation on the list requires an advanced degree (and all 12 require at least a bachelor's).So, if you love science andyou're willing to go the extra mile in your education, you may want to consider the following professions:Natalie Walters contributed to a previous version of this article. SEE ALSO:The 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in AmericaDON'T MISS:The 27 jobs that are most damaging to your healthNo. 8 (tie): Astronomer"Importance" rating:81Average annual salary (2018): $105,680Projected job openings (2016-2026): 200Astronomers observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.Common tasks include: preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, providing technical information or assistance to the public, directing scientific activities, collaborating on research activities with scientists or technical specialists, and developing theories or models of physical phenomena.No. 8 (tie): Chemist"Importance" rating:81Average annual salary (2018): $76,890Projected job openings (2016-2026): 8,600Chemists conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.Common tasks include:preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, analyzing chemical compounds or substances, monitoring operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards, collaborating on research activities with scientists or technical specialists, and maintaining laboratory or technical equipment.This job is a green occupation.No. 8 (tie): Animal scientist"Importance" rating:81Average annual salary (2018): $58,380Projected job openings (2016-2026): 700Animal scientists conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.Common tasks include: study the nutritional requirements of animals and nutrition values of animals' feed, advise about techniques that could enhance animal productivity, preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, researching genetic characteristics or expression, researching livestock management methods, and developing agricultural methods.No. 8 (tie): Chemical engineer"Importance" rating:81Average annual salary (2018): $104,910Projected job openings (2016-2026): 2,400Chemical engineers design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.Common tasks include: operational reports, evaluating characteristics of equipment or systems, developing technical methods or processes, determining causes of operational problems or failures, and designing industrial processing systems.This job is a green occupation.No. 8 (tie): Veterinarian"Importance" rating:81Average annual salary (2018): $93,830Projected job openings (2016-2026): 4,500Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.Common tasks include:prescribing medications, examining patients to assess general physical condition, analyzing test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment, operating diagnostic imaging equipment, and developing medical treatment plans.No. 6 (tie): Internist (general)"Importance" rating:85Average annual salary (2018): $194,500Projected job openings (2016-2026): 2,100General internists are physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems.Common tasks include: collecting medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals, treating chronic diseases or disorders, recording patient medical histories, diagnosing medical conditions, and monitoring patient progress or responses to treatments.No. 6 (tie): Epidemiologist"Importance" rating:85Average annual salary (2018): $69,600Projected job openings (2016-2026): 600Epidemiologists investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.Common tasks include: planning biological research, preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, communicating with government agencies, directing medical science or healthcare programs, and researching diseases or parasites.No. 3 (tie): Microbiologist"Importance" rating: 88Average annual salary (2018): $71,650Projected job openings (2016-2026): 2,200Microbiologists investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Common tasks include: researching microbiological or chemical processes or structures, preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, cultivating micro-organisms for study, testing, or medical preparations, analyzing chemical compounds or substances, and researching diseases or parasites.No. 3 (tie): Biologist"Importance" rating: 88Average annual salary (2018): $77,550Projected job openings (2016-2026): 11,00Biologists research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.Common tasks include: planning biological research, preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, providing technical information or assistance to public, analyzing chemical compounds or substances, and communicating with government agencies.No. 3 (tie): Physicist"Importance" rating: 88Average annual salary (2018): $120,950Projected job openings (2016-2026): 1,700Physicists conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.Common tasks include: designing computer simulations to model data so it can be more widely understood, preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, analyzing geological or geographical data, collaborating on research activities with scientists or technical specialists, developing theories or models of physical phenomena, and instructing college students in physical or life sciences.No. 1 (tie): Molecular and cellular biologist"Importance" rating: 91Average annual salary (2018): $79,550Projected job openings (2016-2026): 3,700Molecular and cellular biologists research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.Common tasks include: design molecular and cellular experiments and interpret the results, recording research or operational data, planning biological research, researching microbiological or chemical processes or structures, preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, and inspecting equipment to ensure proper functioning.No. 1 (tie): Biochemist and biophysicist"Importance" rating: 91Average annual salary (2018): $93,280Projected job openings (2016-2026): 3,200Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena.Common tasks include: study living cells and organisms and their electrical and mechanical energy, researching microbiological or chemical processes or structures, preparing scientific or technical reports or presentations, researching diseases or parasites, researching genetic characteristics or expression, and supervising scientific or technical personnel.Read more:A decorated environmental scientist beloved by Bill Gates slams Elon Musk as 'delusional' for thinking humans could ever live on MarsAirbnb is offering a month-long trip to Antarctica to join a climate research expeditionNutritionist Pixie Turner used to be so obsessed with 'clean eating' she ate a plate of vegetables alone on her birthday. Now she's an advocate for debunking the wellness myths she fell for on social media.link
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