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Biopsychology Major

158 yearly degrees
#333 in popularity
$140,000 median salary

Biopsychology is a major that typically falls into the Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in biopsychology, 27 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 1 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Biopsychology Degree?

Biopsychology is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #259 in popularity. About 200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 77.6% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 7.9%
  • Black or African American: 6.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 9.2%
  • White: 62.5%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.6%
  • Other Races: 11.2%
Biopsychology Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in biopsychology. About 2.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending biopsychology majors to the U.S. are South Korea, Tanzania and Netherlands.

What Will You Learn as a Biopsychology Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to biopsychology 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 Biopsychology Majors

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

Important Knowledge Areas for Biopsychology Majors

Skills for Biopsychology Majors

Biopsychology majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Biopsychology Majors

Abilities for Biopsychology Majors

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

Important Abilities for biopsychology Majors

What Can You Do With a Biopsychology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with biopsychology:

Careers Related to Biopsychology
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Natural Sciences Managers

9.9%

$123,860

Clinical Research Coordinators

9.9%

$123,860

Biopsychology Major Salary

Biopsychology majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $140,000 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 Biopsychology Major  ( 140000 to 140000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

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 Biopsychology Major Jobs

Some careers associated with biopsychology 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for biopsychology careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Biopsychology
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

4.2%

Post-Secondary Certificate

4.3%

Some College Courses

0%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

5.2%

Bachelor's Degree

49.1%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

3.3%

Master's Degree

14.2%

Post-Master's Certificate

0%

First Professional Degree

0%

Doctoral Degree

11.4%

Post-Doctoral Training

7.1%

Online Biopsychology Programs

There are 27 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology, 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.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Biopsychology Major Worth It?

The median salary for a biopsychology grad is $140,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 259% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $2,015,600 after 20 years!

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

References

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