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5,261 Associate's Degrees Annually
16,501 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#7 in Popularity (Associate's)
$43,480 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health Sciences & Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many health sciences and services graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 17,662
Associate Degree 8,214
Basic Certificate 2,709
Undergraduate Certificate 1,373

What Health Sciences & Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to health science 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 Health Science Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Health Science Majors

When studying health science, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Health Science Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a health science student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences & Services?

8,214 Associate's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
55% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen trade school majors. It is the 7th most popular in the country with 5,261 students graduating with an associate’s in health science in 2019. This major is dominated by women with about 81% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 810
Black or African American 964
Hispanic or Latino 2,262
White 3,264
International Students 143
Other Races/Ethnicities 771

Geographic Diversity

Health Science appeals to people across the globe. About 1.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • China
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Health Sciences & Services Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Health Science majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,480 to $59,660 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

Median Salary for a Health Sciences & Services Major  ( 43480 to 59660 )
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Some careers associated with health science 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 health science careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.4%
Some College Courses 1.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 40.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.9%
Master’s Degree 10.1%
Doctoral Degree 0.4%

Online Health Sciences & Services Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 795 schools offered some type of health sciences and services 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) 51 6
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 284 40
Bachelor’s Degree 39 18
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 67 21
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 14 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 5 2
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 1

Is a Degree in Health Sciences & Services Worth It?

The median salary for a health science grad is $43,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 9% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $71,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 86,912
Health & Medical Administrative Services 81,317
Allied Health Professions 81,167
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 77,593
Mental & Social Health Services 27,516
Dental Support Services 21,530
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 17,129
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 10,862
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 2,504
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 959
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 61

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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