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Human Biology Major

1,066 yearly degrees
#257 in popularity
$84,000 median salary

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

There are 2 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in human biology, 24 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 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 Human Biology Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 900 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human biology in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 75% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 20.6%
  • Black or African American: 12.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 14.1%
  • White: 43%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.1%
  • Other Races: 8.2%
Human Biology Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in human biology. About 2.1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending human biology majors to the U.S. are Canada, China and United Kingdom.

What Will You Learn as a Human Biology Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to human biology 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 Human Biology Majors

Human biology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Human Biology Majors

Skills for Human Biology Majors

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

Important Skills for Human Biology Majors

Abilities for Human Biology Majors

As you progress with your human biology 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 human biology Majors

What Can You Do With a Human Biology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with human biology:

Careers Related to Human Biology
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary




Social Sciences Professors



Biological Science Professors



Molecular and Cellular Biologists



Human Biology Major Salary

Average salaries range from $65,000 to $88,000 for careers related to human biology. 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, 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 Human Biology Major  ( 65000 to 88000 )
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 Human Biology Major Jobs

Some careers associated with human biology 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 human biology have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Human Biology
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 Human Biology Programs

There are 24 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in human biology, 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 Human Biology Major Worth It?

The median salary for a human biology grad is $84,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 115% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $894,000 after 20 years!

human biology 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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