Biological & Biomedical Sciences
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|
What Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to biological and biomedical sciences and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
- 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
A major in biological and biomedical sciences prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- 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
Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a biological and biomedical sciences student include the following:
- 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?
People with a biological and biomedical sciences degree often go into the following careers:
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Biological & Biomedical Sciences?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of biological and biomedical sciences majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,457|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,718|
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
The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in biological and biomedical sciences was $45,200 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $35,500 (25th percentile) and $58,800 (75th percentile).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to biological and biomedical sciences.
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 you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Some careers associated with biological and biomedical sciences require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to biological and biomedical sciences have obtained the following education levels.
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
Online Biological & Biomedical Sciences Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,878 schools offered some type of biological and biomedical sciences program. 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|
|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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Majors Related to Biological & Biomedical Sciences
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to biological and biomedical sciences.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Computer & Information Sciences||51,096|
|Mathematics & Statistics||13,820|
|Architecture & Related Services||7,816|
|Natural Resources & Conservation||5,491|
|Agriculture & Agriculture Operations||3,975|
|Communications Technologies & Support||604|
|Science Technologies / Technicians||70|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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