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Medical Science Major

Medical science is a major that typically falls into the Health Professions category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in medical science, 0 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 59 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 22 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Medical Science Degree?

In 2017, roughly medical science majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree, making it the most popular major in the country.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of medical science majors is as follows:

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Medical Science Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

What Will You Learn as a Medical Science Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to medical science to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Science Majors

A major in medical science should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Medical Science Majors

Skills for Medical Science Majors

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

Important Skills for Medical Science Majors

Abilities for Medical Science Majors

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

Important Abilities for medical science Majors

What Can You Do With a Medical Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with medical science:

Careers Related to Medical Science
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Natural Sciences Managers



Clinical Research Coordinators



Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists






Medical Science Major Salary

Medical science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $76,000 to $140,000. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Medical Science Major  ( 76000 to 140000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Medical Science Major Jobs

Some careers associated with medical science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Medical Science
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Medical Science Programs

There are 0 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in medical science, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Medical Science Major Worth It?

The median salary for a medical science grad is $96,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 148% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,150,400 after 20 years!

medical science salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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