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Educational Assessment

517 Master's Degrees Annually
218 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#146 in Popularity (Master's)
$73,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Educational Assessment Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many educational assessment graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 517
Graduate Certificate 233
Doctor’s Degree 218

What Educational Assessment Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to assessment 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 Assessment Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in assessment 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • 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 Assessment Majors

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

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

Abilities for Assessment Majors

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

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Educational Assessment Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with assessment:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Education, Training, and Library Workers 10.8% $42,080
Social Sciences Professors 9.8% $71,600
Transportation Planners 6.7% $81,340

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Educational Assessment?

517 Master's Degrees Annually
72% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 72% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Assessment Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 26
Black or African American 32
Hispanic or Latino 57
White 270
International Students 102
Other Races/Ethnicities 30

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Assessment. About 19.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

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

How Much Do Educational Assessment 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 educational assessment made a median starting salary of $57,250 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $55,225 (25th percentile) and $59,275 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to assessment.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,680 to $85,750 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to assessment. 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 careers associated with assessment require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 assessment careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 38.6%
Master’s Degree 17.4%
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. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 43.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Educational Assessment Programs

In 2018-2019, 136 schools offered a assessment 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) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 65 14
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 73 25
Post-Master’s 20 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 57 6
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Educational Assessment Worth It?

The median salary for a assessment grad is $73,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 85% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $675,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Educational Administration 43,584
Teacher Education Grade Specific 29,615
General Education 23,737
Special Education 20,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20,147
Curriculum & Instruction 18,738
Student Counseling 13,672
Instructional Media Design 6,790
Teaching English or French 4,389
Other Education 3,071
Multilingual Education 1,452
Education Philosophy 479
International Education 354
Teaching Assistants 6

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