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Physiology & Pathology Sciences

5,714 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,592 Master's Degrees Annually
#72 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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 5,714
Master’s Degree 1,592
Doctor’s Degree 650
Associate’s Degree 58
Basic Certificate 50
Graduate Certificate 6
Undergraduate Certificate 2

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

When studying physiology, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

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

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with physiology:

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?

5,714 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
59% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 5,714 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physiology and pathology sciences in 2018, making it rank #72 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 59% of recent graduates being 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 474
Black or African American 245
Hispanic or Latino 549
White 3,956
International Students 117
Other Races/Ethnicities 373

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Physiology. 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 Physiology & Pathology Sciences Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of physiology and pathology sciences students with a bachelor’s degree is $25,500 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $24,100 (25th percentile) and $28,200 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to physiology.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $83,600 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to physiology. 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 degrees associated with physiology 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 physiology careers below.

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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 2017-2018, 215 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) 3 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 0
Bachelor’s Degree 9 0
Post-Baccalaureate 3 0
Master’s Degree 185 4
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 185 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 0
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 95,805
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 14,048
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,716
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6,799
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5,493
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 4,316
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 3,131
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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