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$92,600 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many biological and biomedical sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 18,289
Doctor’s Degree 8,095
Graduate Certificate 1,121

What Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, biological and biomedical sciences majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors

Biological and Biomedical Sciences majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors

When studying biological and biomedical sciences, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors

As a biological and biomedical sciences major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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).

What Can You Do With a Biological & Biomedical Sciences Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with biological and biomedical sciences:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.4% $93,280
Bioinformatics Scientists 8.0% $79,590
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Biological Scientists 8.0% $79,590
Biostatisticians 33.9% $87,780
Clinical Data Managers 33.9% $87,780
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370
Data Warehousing Specialists 9.3% $90,270
Database Architects 9.3% $90,270
Epidemiologists 8.2% $69,660
Exercise Physiologists 13.2% $49,270
Geneticists 8.0% $79,590
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Life Scientists 9.0% $78,190
Mathematical Science Occupations 9.1% NA
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4% $84,810
Microbiologists 8.2% $71,650
Molecular and Cellular Biologists 8.0% $79,590
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620
Statisticians 33.9% $87,780
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 7.7% $63,420

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Biological & Biomedical Sciences?

18,289 Master's Degrees Annually
59% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 59% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of biological and biomedical sciences majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,370
Black or African American 1,457
Hispanic or Latino 1,718
White 8,640
International Students 2,707
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,397

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Biological & Biomedical Sciences, too. About 14.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in biological and biomedical sciences have a median salary of $45,200 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $35,500 (25th percentile) and $58,800 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to biological and biomedical sciences so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $75,690 to $105,940 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to biological and biomedical sciences. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with biological and biomedical sciences may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for biological and biomedical sciences careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.8%
Some College Courses 0.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.9%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.7%
Master’s Degree 25.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 16.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 13.9%

Online Biological & Biomedical Sciences Programs

In 2018-2019, 1,878 schools offered a biological and biomedical sciences program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 79 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 46 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 444 18
Bachelor’s Degree 197 24
Post-Baccalaureate 79 2
Master’s Degree 2,213 74
Post-Master’s 88 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1,817 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 13 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Biological & Biomedical Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a biological and biomedical sciences grad is $92,600 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 132% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,054,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to biological and biomedical sciences.

Major Number of Grads
Engineering 63,808
Computer & Information Sciences 51,096
Mathematics & Statistics 13,820
Physical Sciences 13,573
Architecture & Related Services 7,816
Engineering Technologies 7,277
Natural Resources & Conservation 5,491
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,975
Communications Technologies & Support 604
Science Technologies / Technicians 70

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