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What Do Life Scientist Do?

Example of Life Scientist Job All life scientists not listed separately.

Other Life Scientist Job Titles

  • Life Science Taxonomist
  • Public Health Microbiologist
  • Collector of Aquarium Specimens
  • Embryologist
  • Morphologist

Job Opportunities for Life Scientists

In the United States, there were 8,900 jobs for Life Scientist in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 800 new jobs for Life Scientist by 2026. The BLS estimates 800 yearly job openings in this field.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Life Scientists in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Life Scientist are Nevada, Arizona, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, North Dakota, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Life Scientist Salary

The average yearly salary of a Life Scientist ranges between $43,390 and $149,930.

Salary Ranges for Life Scientists

Life Scientists who work in Massachusetts, Alabama, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Life Scientists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $99,720
Alaska $62,660
Arizona $74,960
California $108,880
Colorado $61,050
Florida $91,970
Georgia $79,890
Hawaii $79,180
Illinois $90,030
Indiana $67,870
Iowa $76,570
Kentucky $67,720
Louisiana $62,860
Maryland $97,240
Massachusetts $111,340
Minnesota $81,780
Missouri $63,230
New Jersey $85,790
New Mexico $54,850
New York $77,970
North Carolina $95,370
Ohio $62,540
Oklahoma $43,480
Oregon $59,840
Pennsylvania $74,310
Rhode Island $60,800
Texas $94,230
Virginia $68,730
Washington $90,110

Life Scientists Sector

Life Scientist Sectors

The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

Life Scientist Industries


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