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Educational Assessment

386 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
491 Master's Degrees Annually
#214 in Popularity
$73,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Educational Assessment Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many educational assessment graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 491
Bachelor’s Degree 386
Doctor’s Degree 241
Graduate Certificate 201
Undergraduate Certificate 3

What Educational Assessment Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to assessment 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 Assessment Majors

Assessment 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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 Assessment Majors

When studying assessment, 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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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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 Assessment Majors

As a assessment major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Educational Assessment Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with assessment:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Education, Training, and Library Workers 10.8% $42,080
Social Sciences Professors 9.8% $71,600
Transportation Planners 6.7% $81,340

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Assessment?

386 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
86% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 386 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in educational assessment in 2018, making it rank #214 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 86% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Assessment Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 38
Hispanic or Latino 49
White 255
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 27

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Assessment, too. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan
  • India

How Much Do Educational Assessment Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in assessment was $25,400 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $24,600 (25th percentile) and $26,200 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,680 to $85,750 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to assessment. 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.

Median Salary for an Educational Assessment Major  ( 46680 to 85750 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with assessment 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 38.6%
Master’s Degree 17.4%
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. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 43.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Educational Assessment Programs

In 2017-2018, 127 schools offered a assessment 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) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 53 11
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 65 18
Post-Master’s 22 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 53 6
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 1

Is a Degree in Educational Assessment Worth It?

The median salary for a assessment grad is $73,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 85% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $675,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Teacher Education Grade Specific 99,840
Educational Administration 44,405
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,242
General Education 31,485
Special Education 31,128
Curriculum & Instruction 17,977
Student Counseling 14,228
Instructional Media Design 6,846
Teaching English or French 5,766
Other Education 5,558
Teaching Assistants 1,900
Multilingual Education 1,510
Education Philosophy 564
International Education 443

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