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313 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
105 Master's Degrees Annually
#232 in Popularity
$110,090 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Physical Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many physical sciences (other) graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 313
Master’s Degree 105
Associate’s Degree 70
Doctor’s Degree 21
Graduate Certificate 4

What Other Physical Science Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to physical sciences (other) and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Physical Science Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in physical sciences (other) should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Other Physical Science Majors

A major in physical sciences (other) prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Abilities for Other Physical Science Majors

A major in physical sciences (other) will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Other Physical Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with physical sciences (other):

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Professors 9.4% $65,660
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 6.8% $107,230

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other Physical Science?

313 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
36% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 313 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences (other) in 2018, making it rank #232 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 64% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of physical sciences (other) majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Physical Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 23
Black or African American 15
Hispanic or Latino 25
White 213
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 31

Geographic Diversity

Other Physical Science appeals to people across the globe. About 1.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Kingdom
  • Turkey

How Much Do Other Physical Science Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of physical sciences (other) students with a bachelor’s degree is $18,100 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $18,100 (25th percentile) and $18,100 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in physical sciences (other), it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Physical Sciences (Other) majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $76,990 to $139,680 (25th to 75th percentile). 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, 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.

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Some careers associated with physical sciences (other) require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for physical sciences (other) careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 31.9%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 7.5%
Master’s Degree 27.1%
Doctoral Degree 25.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 7.0%

Online Other Physical Science Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 57 schools offered some type of physical sciences (other) 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 4 1
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 16 2
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 11 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Physical Science Worth It?

The median salary for a physical sciences (other) grad is $110,090 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 176% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,403,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to physical sciences (other).

Major Number of Grads
Chemistry 22,389
Physics 13,815
Geological & Earth Sciences 9,816
General Physical Sciences 4,387
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 1,188
Astronomy & Astrophysics 1,062
Materials Sciences 598

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