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Other Physical Science

99 Master's Degrees Annually
39 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#235 in Popularity (Master's)
$110,090 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Physical Science Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 99
Doctor’s Degree 39
Graduate Certificate 1

What Other Physical Science Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to physical sciences (other) 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 Other Physical Science Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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 Other Physical Science Majors

physical sciences (other) majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Abilities for Other Physical Science Majors

A major in physical sciences (other) 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking 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).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Other Physical Science Major?

People with a physical sciences (other) degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Professors 9.4% $65,660
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 6.8% $107,230

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Other Physical Science?

99 Master's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 69% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of physical sciences (other) majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Physical Science Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 7
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 67
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Geographic Diversity

Other Physical Science appeals to people across the globe. About 10.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Kingdom
  • Turkey

How Much Do Other Physical Science Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $76,990 to $139,680 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to physical sciences (other). 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 physical sciences (other) 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
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) 1.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 31.9%
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. 7.5%
Master’s Degree 27.1%
Doctoral Degree 25.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 7.0%

Online Other Physical Science Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 schools offered some type of physical 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 1
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 16 2
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 12 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Physical Science Worth It?

The median salary for a physical sciences (other) grad is $110,090 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 176% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,403,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to physical sciences (other).

Major Number of Grads
Chemistry 5,443
Physics 3,882
Geological & Earth Sciences 2,756
Materials Sciences 447
Astronomy & Astrophysics 410
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 394
General Physical Sciences 102

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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