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Science, Technology & Society

953 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
143 Master's Degrees Annually
#166 in Popularity
$139,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Science, Technology & Society Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many science, technology and society graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 953
Master’s Degree 143
Doctor’s Degree 26
Basic Certificate 19
Graduate Certificate 18
Associate’s Degree 12

What Science, Technology & Society Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to science, tech and society and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Science, Tech & Society Majors

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

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills for Science, Tech & Society Majors

When studying science, tech and society, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Science, Tech & Society Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a science, tech and society student include the following:

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  • 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Science, Technology & Society Major?

People with a science, tech and society degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology & Society?

953 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
45% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 953 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society in 2019, making it rank #166 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 55% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Science, Tech & Society Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 81
Black or African American 99
Hispanic or Latino 113
White 549
International Students 36
Other Races/Ethnicities 75

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Science, Tech & Society, too. About 3.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Science, Technology & Society Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of science, technology and society students with a bachelor’s degree is $51,000 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $41,450 (25th percentile) and $62,150 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to science, tech and society so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to science, tech and society is $139,680. This median refers to 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.

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Some degrees associated with science, tech and society 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 schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to science, tech and society have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 4.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 49.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.3%
Master’s Degree 14.2%
Doctoral Degree 11.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 7.1%

Online Science, Technology & Society Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 schools offered some type of science, technology and society 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) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 1
Bachelor’s Degree 6 2
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 21 2
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 10 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Science, Technology & Society Worth It?

The median salary for a science, tech and society grad is $139,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 250% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,995,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to science, tech and society.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Cognitive Science 2,275
Sustainability Science 2,194
Human Biology 1,460
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,310
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Mathematics & Computer Science 1,105
Computational Science 927
Systems Theory 917
Museum Studies 801
Dispute Resolution 668
Historic Preservation 433
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 424
Classical & Ancient Studies 303
Marine Science 275
Cultural Studies & Analysis 227
Biopsychology 165
Medieval Studies 108
Accounting & Computer Science 71
Maritime Studies 45
Holocaust Studies 40

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.

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