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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

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to biomedical science 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 Biomedical Science Majors

Biomedical Science 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.
  • 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

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

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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

As a biomedical science major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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
The major attracts more women than men. About 57% of the recent graduates in this field are 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

Students from other countries are interested in Biomedical Science, too. 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 U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in biological and biomedical sciences (other) made a median starting salary of $40,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $34,100 (25th percentile) and $58,700 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Biomedical Science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $83,600 to $97,340 (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 biomedical science may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 biomedical science have obtained the following education levels.

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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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 166 schools offered some type of biological and biomedical sciences (other) 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) 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

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