Types of Degrees Sustainability Science Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many sustainability science graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Can You Do With a Sustainability Science Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with sustainability science:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability Science?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of sustainability science majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||21|
|Hispanic or Latino||142|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Sustainability Science. About 4.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
How Much Do Sustainability Science Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that sustainability science students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $30,950 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,200 (25th percentile) and $36,125 (75th percentile).
It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to sustainability science.
Salaries According to BLS
The median salary for someone in a career related to sustainability science is $76,990. This median refers to 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, 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.
Online Sustainability Science Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 202 schools offered some type of sustainability science 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)||35||5|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||6||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||2||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||5||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Sustainability Science Worth It?
The median salary for a sustainability science grad is $76,990 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 93% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $741,800 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Sustainability Science
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to sustainability science.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||37,392|
|Biological & Physical Science||29,278|
|Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution||1,310|
|Human Computer Interaction||1,272|
|Science, Technology & Society||1,171|
|Mathematics & Computer Science||1,105|
|Multicultural & Diversity Studies||424|
|Classical & Ancient Studies||303|
|Cultural Studies & Analysis||227|
|Accounting & Computer Science||71|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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