Atmospheric and Space Scientists

5.9/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $45.46 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 20% (No worries)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' job openings is expected to rise 3.6% by 2031
'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' was $94,570, or $45.46 hourly
'Atmospheric and Space Scientists' are paid 106.7% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as atmospheric and space scientists?

As of 2021 there were 8,520 people employed as Atmospheric and Space Scientists within the United States.
This represents around 0.006% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 16 thousand people are employed as Atmospheric and Space Scientists.

Job description

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

SOC Code: 19-2021.00


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Mike (No chance) says
There is a difference between weather forecaster (already replaced) and atmospheric/space science.
Jan 21, 2021 at 04:23 AM
Chris (Likely) says
At least the weather forecasting side, automation has already taken over the job. Models are getting so much better and in the next decade it will likely be unnecessary to 'forecast' in the traditional sense.
Oct 23, 2019 at 04:16 PM
Nicholas says
Forecasting is only a tiny part of what atmospheric and space scientist do. As space scientist I do not work with forecasting at all. Then given the poor amount of data, the result is also very poor.
Aug 12, 2019 at 08:07 PM

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