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16,501 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,111 Master's Degrees Annually
#32 in Popularity
$43,480 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health Sciences & Services Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 16,503
Associate’s Degree 5,261
Basic Certificate 1,577
Master’s Degree 1,111
Undergraduate Certificate 1,081
Doctor’s Degree 237
Graduate Certificate 178

What Health Sciences & Services Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, health 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 Health Science Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in health science should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Health Science Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Health Science Majors

As you progress with your health science 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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  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Health Sciences & Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with health science:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Community Health Workers 17.9% $39,540
Health Educators 14.6% $54,220

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences & Services?

16,503 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
76% Percent Women
48% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Health Sciences and Services runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #32 out of all the undergraduate majors we track. In 2019, about 16,501 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this field. This major is dominated by women with about 76% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Health Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,802
Black or African American 2,415
Hispanic or Latino 3,096
White 7,778
International Students 233
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,179

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Health Science. About 1.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Health Sciences & Services Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that health sciences and services students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $30,850 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $29,000 (25th percentile) and $33,900 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $43,480 to $59,660 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to health science. 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 Health Sciences & Services Major  ( 43480 to 59660 )
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Some degrees associated with health science 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 health science have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.4%
Some College Courses 1.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 40.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.9%
Master’s Degree 10.1%
Doctoral Degree 0.4%

Online Health Sciences & Services Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 709 schools offered some type of health sciences and services 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) 92 12
Certificate (1-2 years) 40 5
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 232 34
Bachelor’s Degree 35 14
Post-Baccalaureate 92 12
Master’s Degree 63 26
Post-Master’s 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 15 6
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 1

Is a Degree in Health Sciences & Services Worth It?

The median salary for a health science grad is $43,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 9% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $71,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11,961
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,685
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,624
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 597
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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