Science, Technology, & Society

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

932

growing 5.91%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$8,656

declining 2.62%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$48,913

growing 3.94%

Average Wage

$76,625

growing 2.57%

People in Workforce

864,565

growing 6.62%

Average Employee Age

41.6

declining 0.41%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Science, Technology, & Society degree recipients are Melville, NY, Washington, DC, and Harrisonburg, VA. The locations with a relatively high number of Science, Technology, & Society degree recipients are Melville, NY, Beloit, WI, and Stanford, CA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Science, Technology, & Society is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Science, Technology, & Society and the types of students that study this field. Farmingdale State College awards the most degrees in Science, Technology, & Society in the US, but Farmingdale State College and Beloit College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Science, Technology, & Society.

Tuition costs for Science, Technology, & Society majors are, on average, $8,656 for in-state public colleges, and $48,913 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Science, Technology, & Society programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (30 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (528 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Science, Technology, & Society

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Science, Technology, & Society, is Public, 4-year or above (528 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Science, Technology, & Society programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,656

Median In-State Public

$48,913

Median Out of State Private

Farmingdale State College has the most Science, Technology, & Society degree recipients, with 193 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution

  1. 10.1%

  2. 5.1%

  3. 2.27%

Out of all institutions that offer Science, Technology, & Society programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Farmingdale State College and Beloit College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Science, Technology, & Society, with 10.1% and 5.1%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Science, Technology, & Society

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Science, Technology, & Society by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Science, Technology, & Society.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Interdisciplinary Studies graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Interdisciplinary Studies majors is $76,625 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physicians & surgeons, and Miscellaneous managers.

The industry that employs the most Interdisciplinary Studies majors is Hospitals, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Offices of physicians.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Science, Technology, & Society is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.

$76,625

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,203

2.57%

1 Year Growth

± 4%

The average salary for Interdisciplinary Studies majors is $76,625 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physicians & surgeons, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Interdisciplinary Studies majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Interdisciplinary Studies majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Interdisciplinary Studies majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physicians & surgeons, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Interdisciplinary Studies majors working as Dietitians & nutritionists, Chiropractors, and Optometrists.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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864,565

2017 Workforce

± 22,761

6.62%

1 Year Growth

± 3.55%

The number of Interdisciplinary Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 6.62%, from 810,918 in 2016 to 864,565 in 2017.

The largest single share of Interdisciplinary Studies graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (5.4%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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864,565

2017 Workforce

± 22,761

6.62%

1 Year Growth

± 3.55%

The number of Interdisciplinary Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 6.62%, from 810,918 in 2016 to 864,565 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Interdisciplinary Studies graduates by share is Hospitals, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Interdisciplinary Studies majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is 41.6, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, and White students earn the majority (545) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Science, Technology, & Society is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.

41.6

Average Age in 2017

± 0.336 Years

0.41%

1 Year Change

± 1.17%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 27 and 30 years old, which represent 3.75% and 3.06% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Science, Technology, & Society are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Science, Technology, & Society is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Interdisciplinary Studies are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (50.4%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    545 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    94 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    88 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Science, Technology, & Society for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    264 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    196 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    48 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Science, Technology, & Society. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. India

    26,470 degree recipients

  2. Mexico

    9,103 degree recipients

  3. Philippines

    8,870 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Sri Lanka

    3.83 times more than expected

  2. USSR

    3.6 times more than expected

  3. Kenya

    3.33 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Sri Lanka that hold Interdisciplinary Studies degrees (3.83 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (26,470 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Science, Technology, & Society field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Science, Technology, & Society majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Science, Technology, & Society majors need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Operations Analysis.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Science, Technology, & Society majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Science is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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