Applied Sciences

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
4,392
growing 23.1%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$8,719
growing 22.4%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$36,456
growing 16.9%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Applied Sciences degree recipients are Sierra Vista, AZ, Monterey, CA, and Charles Town, WV. The locations with a relatively high number of Applied Sciences degree recipients are Sierra Vista, AZ, Purcellville, VA, and Monterey, CA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Applied Sciences is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Applied Sciences and the types of students that study this field. Naval Postgraduate School awards the most degrees in Applied Sciences in the US, but Cochise County Community College District and Naval Postgraduate School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Applied Sciences.

Tuition costs for Applied Sciences majors are, on average, $8,719 for in-state public colleges, and $36,456 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Applied Sciences programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (27 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (1,397 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Applied Sciences, is Public, 4-year or above (1,397 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Applied Sciences programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,719
Median In-State Public
$36,456
Median Out of State Private

Naval Postgraduate School has the most Applied Sciences degree recipients, with 864 degrees awarded in 2020.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Applied Sciences.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Applied Sciences programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Cochise County Community College District has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Applied Sciences, with 46.5%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Applied Sciences

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Applied Sciences 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 Applied Sciences.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Applied Sciences in the United States.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Applied Sciences degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Applied Sciences (2,381 students).

Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Applied Sciences are Bachelors Degree, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, and Associates Degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (76.3%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Applied Sciences.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,381 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    699 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    454 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Applied Sciences for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Male
    598 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    156 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    94 degrees awarded

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

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Applied Sciences field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Applied Sciences majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Applied Sciences majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Negotiation, and Complex Problem Solving.

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 Applied 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 Programming is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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