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$92,600 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many biological and biomedical sciences graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 123,827
Master’s Degree 17,345
Doctor’s Degree 8,324
Associate’s Degree 6,457
Graduate Certificate 1,199
Basic Certificate 632
Undergraduate Certificate 213

What Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to biological and biomedical sciences 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 Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors

Biological and Biomedical Sciences majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • 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 Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors

As a biological and biomedical sciences major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • 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).

What Can You Do With a Biological & Biomedical Sciences Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with biological and biomedical sciences:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biochemists and Biophysicists 11.4% $93,280
Bioinformatics Scientists 8.0% $79,590
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Biological Scientists 8.0% $79,590
Biostatisticians 33.9% $87,780
Clinical Data Managers 33.9% $87,780
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370
Data Warehousing Specialists 9.3% $90,270
Database Architects 9.3% $90,270
Epidemiologists 8.2% $69,660
Exercise Physiologists 13.2% $49,270
Geneticists 8.0% $79,590
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Life Scientists 9.0% $78,190
Mathematical Science Occupations 9.1% NA
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4% $84,810
Microbiologists 8.2% $71,650
Molecular and Cellular Biologists 8.0% $79,590
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620
Statisticians 33.9% $87,780
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 7.7% $63,420

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological & Biomedical Sciences?

123,827 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
62% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 62% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 18,077
Black or African American 9,222
Hispanic or Latino 17,200
White 66,786
International Students 3,930
Other Races/Ethnicities 8,612

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Biological & Biomedical Sciences. About 3.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of biological and biomedical sciences students with a bachelor’s degree is $27,900 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $24,800 (25th percentile) and $31,400 (75th percentile).


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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $75,690 to $105,940 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to biological and biomedical sciences. 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.

Median Salary for a Biological & Biomedical Sciences Major  ( 75690 to 105940 )
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some careers associated with biological and biomedical sciences require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for biological and biomedical sciences careers below.

Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.7%
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) 0.8%
Some College Courses 0.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 35.9%
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. 3.7%
Master’s Degree 25.1%
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. 1.1%
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. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 16.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 13.9%

Online Biological & Biomedical Sciences Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,848 schools offered some type of biological and biomedical sciences 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) 67 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 42 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 433 14
Bachelor’s Degree 174 20
Post-Baccalaureate 67 2
Master’s Degree 2,148 54
Post-Master’s 84 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1,787 4
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 11 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Biological & Biomedical Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a biological and biomedical sciences grad is $92,600 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 132% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,054,000 after 20 years!


You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to biological and biomedical sciences.

Major Number of Grads
Computer & Information Sciences 209,723
Engineering 197,582
Engineering Technologies 92,253
Physical Sciences 53,768
Mathematics & Statistics 47,138
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 37,231
Natural Resources & Conservation 28,567
Architecture & Related Services 17,359
Communications Technologies & Support 15,669
Science Technologies / Technicians 6,550


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