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Industry and Business Sector

Within the private sector, salaries are the most variable. This is due to many reasons that are somewhat unique to this employment sector, including the nature of the business (industry, non profit, for-profit, consulting, engineering firm), the size of the business (ranging from a one person, at-home business to a large consulting firms with several branch locations throughout the world), and the geographic location of the business.

Aquaria and Zoos

The American Zoo and Aquarium Assocation (AZA) is a professional organization with over 183 accredited members. Their web site features a link to their newsletter, Communique, which features job openings at zoos and aquaria throughout the country. A recent sampling of those positions yielded the following information:

Position Employment Sector Location Education/
Experience
Salary
Seagoing Electronics Eng.
Private
West
B.Sc., 5+ yrs.
$50,000+
Marine Educator
Gov't. (state)
South
B.S., teaching
$30,000-$34,000
Environmental Scientist
Gov't. (reg'l)
West
B.S. + 3 yrs.
$74,000-$92,412
Software Programmer
Private
n/a
BSCS, BSEE + 5 yrs.
$72,000-$85,000
Field Scientist
n/a
n/a
M.S. + exp.
$35,000-$40,000
Senior Aquarist
Private
Midwest
B.S., SCUBA
$17-$20/hour
Associate Veterinarian
Private
Southeast
DVM + 1 yr.
$45,680
Children's Zoo Interpreter
Private
South
B.S. or experience
$23,349
Zoo & Aquarium Instructor
Private
South
B.S. + experience
$23,239
Education/Advocacy Coord.
Private
South
2-3 yrs. experience
$24,000
Aquarist 1
Private
Southeast
1 yr. experience
$22,000-$25,000
Asst. Animal Trainer
Private
Southeast
experience
$1,600/month
Zoo Keeper
Gov't. (local)
South
B.S.
$23,093


Industry

A recent survey of scientists and engineers in industry yielded the following results:

Discipline Business/Industry
Average Starting Salaries
Biological Sciences
$29,000
Chemistry
$36,000
Earth/Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences
$31,000
Engineering
$50,000
Physics and Physical Sciences
$39,000
Source: Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology, 2005
The full results of the survey are available online at: nextwave.sciencemag.org/survey/index.dtl.

 
 
   
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