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Medical Illustration & Informatics

1,235 Master's Degrees Annually
61 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#95 in Popularity (Master's)
$93,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Illustration & Informatics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical illustration and informatics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,235
Graduate Certificate 122
Doctor’s Degree 61

What Medical Illustration & Informatics Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to medical illustration 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 Medical Illustration Majors

Medical Illustration majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Medical Illustration Majors

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

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.

Abilities for Medical Illustration Majors

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

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  • 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).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Medical Illustration & Informatics Major?

People with a medical illustration degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Business Intelligence Analysts 9.3% $90,270
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370
Data Warehousing Specialists 9.3% $90,270
Database Architects 9.3% $90,270
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 6.8% $49,380
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Medical Illustration & Informatics?

1,235 Master's Degrees Annually
61% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 61% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Illustration Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 217
Black or African American 174
Hispanic or Latino 81
White 464
International Students 191
Other Races/Ethnicities 108

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Medical Illustration. About 15.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Nigeria
  • Nepal

How Much Do Medical Illustration & Informatics Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in medical illustration have a median salary of $78,900 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $71,150 (25th percentile) and $86,200 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,370 to $108,080 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to medical illustration. 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 medical illustration 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 medical illustration careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 4.3%
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) 1.1%
Some College Courses 7.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 60.9%
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. 1.5%
Master’s Degree 17.9%
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. 0.3%
Doctoral Degree 4.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.5%

Online Medical Illustration & Informatics Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 149 schools offered some type of medical illustration and informatics 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) 8 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 18 1
Bachelor’s Degree 35 14
Post-Baccalaureate 8 2
Master’s Degree 84 43
Post-Master’s 14 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Illustration & Informatics Worth It?

The median salary for a medical illustration grad is $93,350 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 134% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,069,000 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 63,380
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23,124
Medicine 19,720
Public Health 18,212
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 16,970
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14,633
Mental & Social Health Services 14,322
Allied Health Professions 11,260
Communication Sciences 9,970
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Alternative Medicine & Systems 2,714
Chiropractic 2,608
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 2,301
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,654
Health Sciences & Services 1,526
Other Health Professions 1,292
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1,117
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 842
Medical Science 809
Podiatry 579
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 553
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 475
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 455
Alternative Medical Support Services 129
Dental Support Services 83
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 79
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 34
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 19
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 3
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 0

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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