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Physical Sciences&

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Total Degrees
Awarded in 2015
50,067
growing 2.67%
Median In-State
Public Tuition
$7,060
growing 5.12%
Median Out-of-State
Private Tuition
$37,930
growing 3.26%
Average Wage
$102,690
growing 1.93%
People in Workforce
1.02M
declining -2.54%
Average Employee Age
45.3
declining -0.68%

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Physical Sciences and the types of students that study this field. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus awards the most degrees in graphic design in the US, but Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary and California Institute of Technology have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Physical Sciences. Tuition costs for Physical Sciences majors are, on average, $7,060 for in-state public colleges, and $37,930 for out of state private colleges. The largest share of institutions with Physical Sciences programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Physical Sciences graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field. Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges is the industry that employs the most Physical Sciences majors both by share and by number, though the highest paying industry for Physical Sciences majors, by average wage, is Offices of physicians.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Physical Sciences in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Physical Sciences is 45.3, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelor's degree. Male employees are more likey to hold Physical Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (29,192) of the degrees.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

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Global Diversity

Skills

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

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 Physical Sciences 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 Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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