Investigative

Investigative people like to think and observe rather than act, to organize and understand information rather than to persuade. They tend to prefer individual rather than people oriented activities. They like to work with DATA.

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, w
$44,570 per year.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Food Scientists and Technologists
Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
$64,170 per year.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence
$67,960 per year.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Investigative Conventional

Animal Scientists
Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.
$73,400 per year.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Investigative Realistic

Soil and Plant Scientists
Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical c
$63,290 per year.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Investigative Realistic

Veterinarians
Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for animals.
$91,250 per year.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Investigative Realistic

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of
$62,500 per year.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Investigative Realistic

Historians
Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diari
$52,400 per year.
Architecture & Construction
Investigative

Operations Research Analysts
Formulate and apply mathematical methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or
$71,950 per year.
Architecture & Construction
Investigative Conventional Enterprising

Economists
Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniq
$100,270 per year.
Government & Public Administration
Investigative Conventional Enterprising

Political Scientists
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduc
$104,600 per year.
Government & Public Administration
Investigative Artistic Social

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
$29,340 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Allergists and Immunologists
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Anesthesiologists
Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.
$232,830 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Social

Audiologists
Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
$72,890 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social

Biochemists and Biophysicists
Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved i
$89,470 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Artistic Realistic

Dentists, General
Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.
$163,240 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Social

Dermatologists
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Dietitians and Nutritionists
Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.
$55,460 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social

Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharm
$87,830 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Artistic

Naturopathic Physicians
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, f
$85,740 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social

Neurologists
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous system.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Nuclear Medicine Physicians
Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social

Nurse Anesthetists
Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
$154,390 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Social

Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.
$216,760 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Ophthalmologists
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries of the eyes and related structures.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Optometrists
Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific
$109,810 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Orthodontists
Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.
$186,320 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Social

Orthoptists
Diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.
$85,740 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Pathologists
Diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic

Pediatricians, General
Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.
$167,640 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social

Pharmacists
Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of me
$112,160 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Conventional Social

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians
Diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Podiatrists
Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.
$132,470 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Prosthodontists
Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.
$168,120 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic

Psychiatrists
Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.
$177,520 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Artistic

Radiologists
Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Social

Sports Medicine Physicians
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Surgeons
Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.
$230,540 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Realistic Social

Urologists
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system and the renal glands.
$184,820 per year.
Health Sciences
Investigative Social Realistic

Epidemiologists
Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.
$69,660 per year.
Human Services
Investigative Social

Sociologists
Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and
$80,820 per year.
Human Services
Investigative Artistic Social

Computer Hardware Engineers
Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.
$101,360 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Computer Network Architects
Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. May also design network an
$81,670 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Conventional Realistic

Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solu
$76,010 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Conventional

Computer Systems Analysts
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, work
$82,320 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Conventional Realistic

Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary mainte
$76,320 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Software Developers, Applications
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency.
$92,080 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Software Developers, Systems Software
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational spec
$100,400 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Conventional Realistic

Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
$103,670 per year.
Information Technology
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Fire Investigators
Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
$57,400 per year.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Forensic Science Technicians
Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence
$55,660 per year.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Chemical Technicians
Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analysis of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of enviro
$44,560 per year.
Manufacturing
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Survey Researchers
Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.
$47,740 per year.
Marketing Sales and Service
Investigative Conventional Enterprising

Industrial Engineering Technicians
Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such a
$53,100 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Aerospace Engineers
Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvement
$104,810 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Agricultural Engineers
Agricultural engineers look for solutions to problems involving the use of plants, animals and the natural environment. In the past, they focused largely on improvements to crop and livestock production. While this function continues, the scope of practic
$77,370 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Enterprising

Atmospheric and Space Scientists
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
$90,010 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Biomedical Engineers
Biomechanical and biomedical engineering combine the discipline of mechanical engineering with human anatomy and physiology. Work in this area may include designing prostheses, developing movement systems for people with spinal injuries, and refining equi
$91,200 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Chemical Engineers
Chemical engineers apply principles of chemistry, mathematics and physics to the design and operation of industrial equipment and methods for the manufacture of chemical products. The fibers in clothing, soaps and detergents, leather, paints and plastics
$102,270 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Chemists
Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
$76,870 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Electrical Engineers
Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
$89,200 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
Engineers who specialize in electronic systems are concerned with the design, analysis and manufacture of electronic circuits and devices.
$95,250 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Energy Engineers
Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-
$93,330 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
Research causes of fires, determine fire protection methods, and design or recommend materials or equipment such as structural components or fire-detection equipment to assist organizations in safeguarding life and property against fire, explosion, and re
$93,330 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Enterprising

Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental p
$106,780 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.
$81,860 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Hydrologists
Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmos
$78,920 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Industrial Engineers
Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.
$79,840 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Conventional Enterprising

Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
Promote work site or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws. 
$79,760 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Conventional Realistic

Marine Engineers
Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.
$96,140 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Materials Engineers
Material engineers study the properties of existing materials, find new ways to work with them and develop new materials. Material engineers work in a variety of fields. For example, the petrochemical industry requires material engineers because many mode
$87,490 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Enterprising

Mathematical Technicians
Apply standardized mathematical formulas, principles, and methodology to technological problems in engineering and physical sciences in relation to specific industrial and research objectives, processes, equipment, and products.
$64,220 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Mechanical Engineers
Mechanical engineers use the principles of mathematics, material science, physics and economics to design, manufacture and maintain mechanical equipment. Our household appliances, ventilation systems, cars, ships and airplanes have been designed, tested a
$84,770 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
Mining engineers discover, extract and prepare minerals from the earth's crust to be used by manufacturing and energy industries. This involves exploration, testing, mine design and construction, as well as equipment and operations management. Mining engi
$91,250 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Enterprising

Nuclear Engineers
Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.
$105,160 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Petroleum Engineers
Petroleum engineers work in the exploration, recovery, development and processing of oil and gas. Petroleum engineers are involved in such things as determining the best location for drilling new wells, operating oil and gas facilities, and monitoring and
$147,470 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Photonics Engineers
Design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.
$93,330 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Product Safety Engineers
Develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.
$79,760 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Robotics Engineers
Research, design, develop and test Robotic Applications
$93,330 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Astronomers
Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
$101,630 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Artistic Realistic

Bioinformatics Scientists
Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develo
$76,220 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Conventional Realistic

Environmental Engineers
Environmental engineers develop feasible solutions to problems affecting the welfare of humans and nature. They work to prevent pollution of the environment by designing systems of air and water quality control, vibration and noise reduction, and hazardou
$85,140 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Conventional

Geneticists
Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.
$76,220 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Artistic Realistic

Geographers
Study nature and use of areas of earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants and animals, and conduct research
$74,020 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic Artistic

Materials Scientists
Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develo
$89,740 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Mathematicians
Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.
$101,280 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Conventional Artistic

Microbiologists
Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics
$73,250 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic

Physicists
Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
$114,150 per year.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Investigative Realistic