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1,427 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,298 Master's Degrees Annually
#144 in Popularity
$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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,427
Master’s Degree 1,298
Doctor’s Degree 206
Associate’s Degree 76
Graduate Certificate 66
Basic Certificate 36
Undergraduate Certificate 22

What Other Biological Sciences Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, biomedical science majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the 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

biomedical science majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a biomedical science student include the following:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with biomedical science:

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 Bachelor’s Degree in Other Biological Sciences?

1,427 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
48% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,427 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological and biomedical sciences (other) in 2018, making it rank #144 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 69% of recent graduates being 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 Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 145
Black or African American 97
Hispanic or Latino 380
White 686
International Students 29
Other Races/Ethnicities 90

Geographic Diversity

Biomedical Science appeals to people across the globe. About 2.0% 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?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in biological and biomedical sciences (other) made a median starting salary of $27,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,800 (25th percentile) and $33,350 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $83,600 to $97,340 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to biomedical science. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for biomedical science careers below.

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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 2017-2018, 160 schools offered a biomedical science 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) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 10 0
Bachelor’s Degree 9 1
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 55 3
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 37 1
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 95,805
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,048
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,716
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 8,072
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,799
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5,493
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 4,316
Zoology 3,044
Biotechnology 3,038
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2,253
Genetics 1,379
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1,167
Botany/Plant Biology 684
Molecular Medicine 52

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