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Sustainability Science

812 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,014 Master's Degrees Annually
#177 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,014
Bachelor’s Degree 812
Graduate Certificate 160
Basic Certificate 148
Undergraduate Certificate 49
Doctor’s Degree 10
Associate’s Degree 1

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?

812 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
57% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 812 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sustainability science in 2019, making it rank #177 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 57% 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 41
Black or African American 21
Hispanic or Latino 142
White 517
International Students 39
Other Races/Ethnicities 52

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Sustainability Science, too. About 4.8% 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).


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

Salaries According to BLS

Sustainability Science majors often go into careers with median salaries of $76,990. 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.

Median Salary for a Sustainability Science Major  76,990
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 2018-2019, 202 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) 35 5
Certificate (1-2 years) 6 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 10 0
Bachelor’s Degree 33 5
Post-Baccalaureate 35 5
Master’s Degree 64 13
Post-Master’s 4 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!


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
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Cognitive Science 2,275
Human Biology 1,460
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,310
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Science, Technology & Society 1,171
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


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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