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433 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
58 Master's Degrees Annually
#208 in Popularity
$50,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Science Technologies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other science technologies/technicians graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 1,275
Undergraduate Certificate 497
Bachelor’s Degree 433
Master’s Degree 58
Basic Certificate 46
Graduate Certificate 4

What Other Science Technologies Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other 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 Other Science Tech Majors

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

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills for Other Science Tech Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Other Science Tech Majors

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

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Other Science Technologies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with other science tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 12.1% $46,170
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 Other Science Technologies?

433 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
46% Percent Women
39% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 433 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in other science technologies/technicians in 2018, making it rank #208 in popularity. Roughly 46% of the graduates are women, and 54% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Science Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 15
Black or African American 38
Hispanic or Latino 86
White 249
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 43

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Other Science Tech. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India

How Much Do Other Science Technologies Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that other science technologies/technicians students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $50,600 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $43,200 (25th percentile) and $50,600 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $50,350 to $52,940 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to other 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 other 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other science tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 11.7%
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) 2.7%
Some College Courses 9.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 11.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 54.7%
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. 4.9%
Master’s Degree 5.6%
Doctoral Degree 0.9%

Online Other Science Technologies Programs

In 2017-2018, 89 schools offered a other 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) 4 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 12 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 59 4
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 4 1
Master’s Degree 8 1
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Science Technologies Worth It?

The median salary for a other science tech grad is $50,350 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 26% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $209,000 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Physical Science Technicians 2,922
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 786
Nuclear & Radiological Technicians 402
General Science Technologies/Technicians 127

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