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1,462 Master's Degrees Annually
239 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#88 in Popularity (Master's)
$89,150 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Biological Sciences Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,462
Doctor’s Degree 239
Graduate Certificate 187

What Other Biological Sciences Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, biomedical science 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 Biomedical Science Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in biomedical science 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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • 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 Biomedical Science Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to biomedical science:

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

Abilities for Biomedical Science Majors

Biomedical Science majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • 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 Other Biological Sciences Major?

People with a biomedical science degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Biological Scientists 8.0% $79,590
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Life Scientists 9.0% $78,190
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860

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

1,462 Master's Degrees Annually
57% Percent Women
46% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 57% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biomedical Science Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 237
Black or African American 174
Hispanic or Latino 209
White 658
International Students 78
Other Races/Ethnicities 106

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Biomedical Science. About 5.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Other Biological Sciences Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of biological and biomedical sciences (other) students with a master’s degree is $40,200 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $34,100 (25th percentile) and $58,700 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to biomedical science.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $83,600 to $97,340 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to biomedical science. 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 biomedical science 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 biomedical science careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.6%
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) 2.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.9%
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. 2.1%
Master’s Degree 13.4%
Doctoral Degree 25.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 19.0%

Online Other Biological Sciences Programs

In 2018-2019, 166 schools offered a biomedical science 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) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 9 0
Bachelor’s Degree 10 1
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 62 4
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 38 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Biological Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a biomedical science grad is $89,150 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 123% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $985,000 after 20 years!

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

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
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 1,894
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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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