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Sustainability Science

604 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
790 Master's Degrees Annually
#187 in Popularity
$76,990 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Sustainability Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many sustainability science graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 790
Bachelor’s Degree 604
Graduate Certificate 144
Basic Certificate 110
Undergraduate Certificate 20
Doctor’s Degree 9
Associate’s Degree 5

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
Professors 9.4% $65,660

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability Science?

604 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
60% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 604 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sustainability science in 2018, making it rank #187 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 60% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sustainability Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 26
Black or African American 26
Hispanic or Latino 71
White 409
International Students 22
Other Races/Ethnicities 50

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Sustainability Science, too. About 3.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan

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).


Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a sustainability science degree.

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.

Median Salary for a Sustainability Science Major  76990
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Online Sustainability Science Programs

In 2017-2018, 171 schools offered a sustainability science program of some type. 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) 23 5
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 31 6
Post-Baccalaureate 23 5
Master’s Degree 55 14
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 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!


You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to sustainability science.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 34,540
Biological & Physical Science 27,751
International Studies 8,097
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,179
Nutrition Science 4,990
Behavioral Science 4,502
Natural Sciences 2,445
Cognitive Science 1,875
Gerontology 1,380
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,297
Human Computer Interaction 1,146
Human Biology 1,066
Science, Technology & Society 1,060
Mathematics & Computer Science 833
Museum Studies 778
Systems Theory 694
Computational Science 619
Dispute Resolution 583
Historic Preservation 446
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 416
Classical & Ancient Studies 315
Marine Science 243
Cultural Studies & Analysis 236
Biopsychology 158
Medieval Studies 119
Holocaust Studies 54
Accounting & Computer Science 45
Maritime Studies 15


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