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5,549 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,642 Master's Degrees Annually
#74 in Popularity
$96,420 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Physiology & Pathology Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many physiology and pathology sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 5,549
Master’s Degree 1,642
Doctor’s Degree 568
Associate’s Degree 81
Graduate Certificate 4

What Physiology & Pathology Sciences Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, physiology 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 Physiology Majors

Physiology 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.
  • 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 Physiology Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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 Physiology Majors

As you progress with your physiology degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • 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.
  • 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 Physiology & Pathology Sciences Major?

People with a physiology degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Exercise Physiologists 13.2% $49,270
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4% $84,810
Molecular and Cellular Biologists 8.0% $79,590
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology & Pathology Sciences?

5,549 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
60% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 5,549 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physiology and pathology sciences in 2019, making it rank #74 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 60% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Physiology Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 441
Black or African American 261
Hispanic or Latino 604
White 3,753
International Students 103
Other Races/Ethnicities 387

Geographic Diversity

Physiology appeals to people across the globe. About 1.9% 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 Physiology & Pathology Sciences Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physiology have a median salary of $25,500 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $24,100 (25th percentile) and $28,200 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Physiology majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $83,600 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). 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 physiology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 physiology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.1%
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) 1.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.8%
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. 2.8%
Master’s Degree 25.3%
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. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 19.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 19.1%

Online Physiology & Pathology Sciences Programs

In 2018-2019, 230 schools offered a physiology 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) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 11 1
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 193 5
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 183 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 4 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Physiology & Pathology Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a physiology grad is $96,420 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 142% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,130,400 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
General Biology 98,638
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,004
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 9,504
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,987
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5,671
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 4,469
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 3,646
Biotechnology 3,591
Zoology 2,974
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2,404
Genetics 1,326
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1,148
Botany/Plant Biology 684
Molecular Medicine 71

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