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Physical Scientists, All Other
(SOC Code : 19-2099)
in California

All physical scientists not listed separately.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with a Bachelor's degree .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20201st Qtr$64.42$47.58$61.60$78.07

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
California 2016 - 20262,8003,10030010.7260

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Colleges and Universities 1,44320.9%
Scientific Research and Development Svc 7,92416.7%
Employment Services 4,7787.3%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting10,1652.9%
Architectural and Engineering Services 18,2402.3%
Management & Technical Consulting Svc 30,9431.6%
Legal Services 38,6691.1%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 9471.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Natural Sciences
Physical Sciences, Other

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Apply remote sensing data or techniques to address environmental issues, such as surface water modeling or dust cloud detection.
Use remote sensing data for forest or carbon tracking activities involved in assessing the impact of environmental change.
Analyze data acquired from aircraft, satellites, or ground-based platforms, using statistical analysis software, image analysis software, or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Manage or analyze data obtained from remote sensing systems to obtain meaningful results.
Process aerial or satellite imagery to create products such as landcover maps.
Develop or build databases for remote sensing or related geospatial project information.
Monitor quality of remote sensing data collection operations to determine if procedural or equipment changes are necessary.
Attend meetings or seminars or read current literature to maintain knowledge of developments in the field of remote sensing.
Conduct research into the application or enhancement of remote sensing technology.
Prepare or deliver reports or presentations of geospatial project information.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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