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$52,940 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Science Technologies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many science technologies / technicians graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 4,020
Undergraduate Certificate 1,389
Basic Certificate 1,280
Bachelor’s Degree 618
Master’s Degree 65
Graduate Certificate 15

What Science Technologies Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to science tech 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 Science Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills for Science Tech Majors

A major in science tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Science Tech Majors

As you progress with your science tech degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Science Technologies Major?

People with a science tech degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Biological Technicians 10.1% $44,500
Chemical Technicians 4.0% $48,160
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 12.1% $46,170
Industrial Engineering Technicians 0.6% $55,460
Precision Agriculture Technicians 9.7% $49,670
Quality Control Analysts 9.7% $49,670
Remote Sensing Technicians 9.7% $49,670

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

618 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
51% Percent Women
49% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 51% of the graduates are women, and 49% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 26
Black or African American 36
Hispanic or Latino 195
White 290
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 59

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Science Tech. About 1.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Science Technologies Majors Make?

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 science tech have a median salary of $50,600 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $43,200 (25th percentile) and $50,600 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $51,070 to $61,570 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to science tech. 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, 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 science tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for science tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 25.4%
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) 7.0%
Some College Courses 10.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 18.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 31.3%
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. 2.5%
Master’s Degree 3.9%
Doctoral Degree 0.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.1%

Online Science Technologies Programs

In 2019-2020, 287 schools offered a science tech 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 84 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 240 6
Bachelor’s Degree 9 2
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 13 3
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Science Technologies Worth It?

The median salary for a science tech grad is $52,940 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 33% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $260,800 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Computer & Information Sciences 237,745
Engineering 200,458
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 169,876
Engineering Technologies 86,730
Physical Sciences 52,879
Mathematics & Statistics 51,937
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 51,300
Natural Resources & Conservation 30,341
Architecture & Related Services 17,480
Communications Technologies & Support 15,192

References

*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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