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Science technologies / technicians is a major that typically falls into the Science Technologies category.

There are 239 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in science tech, 37 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 10 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Science Tech Degree?

In 2017, roughly science tech majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree, making it the most popular major in the country. This major attracts more men than women. About 57.5% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 3.9%
  • Black or African American: 10.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 17.1%
  • White: 56%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 3.2%
  • Other Races: 8.9%
Science Technologies Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in science tech. About 3.2% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending science tech majors to the U.S. are.

What Will You Learn as a Science Technologies Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to science tech to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Science Tech Majors

A major in science tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Science Technologies Majors

Skills for Science Tech Majors

Science tech majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Science Technologies Majors

Abilities for Science Tech Majors

A major in science tech will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for science tech Majors

What Can You Do With a Science Tech Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with science tech:

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

Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians



Nuclear Monitoring Technicians



Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health



Quality Control Analysts



Chemical Technicians



Precision Agriculture Technicians



Nuclear Power Reactor Operators



Chemical Plant and System Operators



Biological Technicians



Remote Sensing Technicians



Science Technologies Major Salary

Science tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $51,000 to $62,000. This range includes 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, 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 Science Tech Major  ( 51000 to 62000 )
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 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Science Technologies Major Jobs

Some careers associated with science tech 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 science tech careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Science Technologies
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Science Technologies Programs

There are 37 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in science technologies / technicians, 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.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Science Technologies Major Worth It?

The median salary for a science tech grad is $53,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 36% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $280,800 after 20 years!

science technologies / technicians 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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