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Sustainability Science Major

1,408 yearly degrees
#238 in popularity
$77,000 median salary

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

There are 6 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in sustainability science, 79 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 55 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 3 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Sustainability Science Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 600 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sustainability science in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 59.8% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 4.3%
  • Black or African American: 4.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 11.8%
  • White: 67.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 3.6%
  • Other Races: 8.3%
Sustainability Science Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in sustainability science. About 3.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending sustainability science majors to the U.S. are China, India and Canada.

What Can You Do With a Sustainability Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with sustainability science:

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




Sustainability Science Major Salary

Sustainability science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $77,000 to $77,000. 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 Sustainability Science Major  ( 77000 to 77000 )
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 )

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.

Online Sustainability Science Programs

There are 79 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in sustainability science, with 10 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.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Sustainability Science Major Worth It?

The median salary for a sustainability science grad is $77,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 98% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $761,800 after 20 years!

sustainability 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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