JOB SEARCH / NOV. 30, 2014
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10 Best Jobs for People Interested in Scientific Research

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Individuals employed in science-related fields generally need to have a bachelor’s degree. In recent years, employers are even now seeking individuals with a master’s degree or doctorate. The one major benefit for people employed in this field is that they are rewarded with excellent salaries which range from $56,000 - $95,000 per year. This article will discuss the 10 best jobs for people interested in scientific research based upon current reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

1. Environmental Scientists

Individuals working in the environmental science field research issues that pertain to plants, animals, humans and natural resources. The main goal of their research is to share the findings with the world in order to create mindfulness regarding pollution and how individuals can take steps to prevent it from negatively affecting the earth. The annual salary is $56,100 and the BLS projects a 25% job growth rate by 2016.

2. Hydrologists

Hydrologists are employed to examine various bodies of water as well as rainfall throughout the globe. The research that they do and data accumulated is then utilized to assist others in how pollutants negatively affect the water supply. Businesses, government bodies and other scientists use the data that these hydrologists find in order to better deal with pollutants in the water. The average annual salary is $66,260 and the BLS estimates a 24% job growth rate by 2016.

3. Geoscientists

Geoscientists are individuals who work to evaluate the Earth’s features and characteristics in order to comprehend basic origins and how the planet has then evolved. Individuals employed in this field receive an average annual salary of $72,660. The BLS has projected a 22% job growth rate by 2016.

4. Medical Scientists

Individuals that study diseases and human health so that treatments can be developed and various preventive measures discovered are called medical scientists. They receive an average annual salary of $61,680 and the BLS has estimated that there will be a 20% job growth rate by 2016.

5. Biochemists & Biophysicists

Chemistry and physics affect living organisms in both positive and negative ways. Individuals who study these effects are called biochemists and biophysicists. They earn an average annual salary of $76,320 and the BLS has projected a job growth rate of 16% by 2016.

6. Atmospheric Scientists

The Earth’s atmosphere affects the environment of the planet. Atmospheric scientists study and monitor the behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere so that they can better comprehend the role it plays in the environment. One of the main issues they have been studying in recent years is global warming and this has recently gained media and political attention. The average annual salary is $77,150. The BLS has projected a job growth rate of 11% by 2016.

7. Materials Scientists

A materials scientist works to understand the basic composition of both synthetic and natural materials in the hopes of augmenting them or creating new ones. Some of the materials that they study are plastics and metals which are integral parts of structures in today’s world. The average annual salary is $74,610 and the BLS has projected a job growth rate of 9% by 2016.

8. Physicists

Physics pertains to the properties of matter in motion. Scientists who study those properties are called physicists. They also research the origin of the universe and sometimes work on creating new scientific tools which are dependent upon their specialization in the field. The average annual salary is $94,240 and the BLS has estimated a job growth rate of 7% by 2016.

9. Astronomers

Astronomy pertains to the behavior of the sun, stars, planets and galaxies in the universe. Individuals who study their characteristics are called astronomers. These individuals receive an average annual salary of $95,740 and the BLS has predicted a job growth rate of 6% by 2016.

10. Biological Scientists

Life takes many forms from microscopic organisms to human beings. Biological scientists study and observe these various life forms so that they can better comprehend the way these organisms grow, and interact with and react to their environments. The average annual salary is $76,320 and the BLS has estimated a job growth rate of 4% by 2016.

Scientific research and development is an ever-increasing and developing field due to changes in the environment, advances in technology and the longer lifespans of humans. This article detailed the various types of jobs available for those interested in scientific research.

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