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Computational Science Major

594 yearly degrees
#302 in popularity
$93,000 median salary

Computational science 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 computational science, 22 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 34 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 9 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Computational Science Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computational science in 2017. This major tends to be male dominated. About 72.4% of recent graduates are men.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 10.3%
  • Black or African American: 3.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 5.2%
  • White: 55.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 20.7%
  • Other Races: 5.2%
Computational Science Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in computational science. About 20.7% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending computational science majors to the U.S. are India, China and Nepal.

What Will You Learn as a Computational Science Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to computational 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 Computational Science Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Computational Science Majors

Skills for Computational Science Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to computational science:

Important Skills for Computational Science Majors

Abilities for Computational Science Majors

A major in computational science will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for computational science Majors

What Can You Do With a Computational Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with computational science:

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

Mathematical Science Occupations



Database Architects



Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists



Data Warehousing Specialists



Natural Sciences Managers



Clinical Research Coordinators



Business Intelligence Analysts






Computational Science Major Salary

Average salaries range from $77,000 to $140,000 for careers related to computational 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, 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 Computational Science Major  ( 77000 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 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Computational Science Major Jobs

Some careers associated with computational science 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.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Computational 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 Computational Science Programs

There are 22 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in computational science, with 1 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 Computational Science Major Worth It?

The median salary for a computational science grad is $93,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 140% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,089,000 after 20 years!

computational 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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