Types of Degrees Materials Sciences Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many materials sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Can You Do With a Materials Sciences Major?
People with a materials science degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||5.5%||$140,760|
|Natural Sciences Managers||9.9%||$123,860|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Sciences?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of materials science majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||9|
|Hispanic or Latino||17|
Students from other countries are interested in Materials Science, too. About 19.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in materials science have a median salary of $61,450 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $59,175 (25th percentile) and $62,500 (75th percentile).
Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a materials science degree.
Online Materials Sciences Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 schools offered some type of materials sciences 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)||0||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||42||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||1||0|
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Majors Related to Materials Sciences
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to materials science.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||9,522|
|General Physical Sciences||4,527|
|Astronomy & Astrophysics||1,168|
|Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology||1,072|
|Other Physical Science||503|
*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.
- 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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