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1,393 Master's Degrees Annually
408 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#91 in Popularity (Master's)
$97,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many biomathematics and bioinformatics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,393
Doctor’s Degree 408
Graduate Certificate 93

What Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to biomathematics were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Biomathematics Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in biomathematics should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Biomathematics Majors

A major in biomathematics prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Abilities for Biomathematics Majors

A major in biomathematics will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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 Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with biomathematics:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Bioinformatics Scientists 8.0% $79,590
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
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
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Mathematical Science Occupations 9.1% NA
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4% $84,810
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620
Statisticians 33.9% $87,780
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Biomathematics & Bioinformatics?

1,393 Master's Degrees Annually
55% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 55% of the graduates are women, and 45% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of biomathematics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biomathematics Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 194
Black or African American 41
Hispanic or Latino 72
White 391
International Students 623
Other Races/Ethnicities 72

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Biomathematics. About 44.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that biomathematics and bioinformatics students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $66,700 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $64,100 (25th percentile) and $72,600 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in biomathematics, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Biomathematics majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $93,350 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

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Some degrees associated with biomathematics 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to biomathematics have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.0%
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) 1.3%
Some College Courses 0.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 38.9%
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. 1.8%
Master’s Degree 23.2%
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. 0.3%
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. 0.1%
Doctoral Degree 17.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 13.5%

Online Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 192 schools offered some type of biomathematics and bioinformatics 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) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 4 1
Bachelor’s Degree 36 4
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 167 8
Post-Master’s 10 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 110 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Worth It?

The median salary for a biomathematics grad is $97,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 144% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,148,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to biomathematics.

Major Number of Grads
General Biology 8,410
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 3,098
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 2,214
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2,071
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 1,888
Biotechnology 1,551
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 1,488
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 1,211
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 1,120
Pharmacology & Toxicology 931
Genetics 637
Zoology 514
Botany/Plant Biology 407
Molecular Medicine 71

References

*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.

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