Cognitive Science

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
2,275
growing 21.3%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$10,719
growing 5.34%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$54,690
growing 4.07%
Average Wage
$78,616
declining 1.07%
People in Workforce
940,066
growing 5.18%
Average Employee Age
41.4
declining 0.816%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Cognitive Science degree recipients are San Diego, CA, Berkeley, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Cognitive Science degree recipients are University of California-Merced, CA, Berkeley, CA, and West Point, NY. The most common degree awarded to students studying Cognitive Science is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Cognitive Science and the types of students that study this field. University of California-San Diego awards the most degrees in Cognitive Science in the US, but University of California-San Diego and University of California-Merced have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Cognitive Science.

Tuition costs for Cognitive Science majors are, on average, $10,719 for in-state public colleges, and $54,690 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Cognitive Science programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (35 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (1,563 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Cognitive Science, is Public, 4-year or above (1,563 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$10,719
Median In-State Public
$54,690
Median Out of State Private

University of California-San Diego has the most Cognitive Science degree recipients, with 485 degrees awarded in 2019.

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

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Cognitive Science programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Merced have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Cognitive Science, with 4.53% and 4.49%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Cognitive Science

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

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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 $78,616 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Registered nurses.

The industry that employs the most Interdisciplinary Studies majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Petroleum refining.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.
$78,616
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,103
1.07%
1 Year Growth
± 3.94%

The average salary for Interdisciplinary Studies majors is $78,616 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Registered nurses.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.

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 Other managers, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Registered nurses.

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Most Specialized

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.

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

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Highest Paid

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.

The highest paid occupations by median income for Interdisciplinary Studies majors are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.
940,066
2019 Workforce
± 23,730
5.18%
1 Year Growth
± 3.44%

The number of Interdisciplinary Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.18%, from 893,759 in 2018 to 940,066 in 2019.

The largest single share of Interdisciplinary Studies graduates go on to work as Other managers (4.44%). 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.
940,066
2019 Workforce
± 23,730
5.18%
1 Year Growth
± 3.44%

The number of Interdisciplinary Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.18%, from 893,759 in 2018 to 940,066 in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Interdisciplinary Studies graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.

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 for those who earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is 41.4, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies (803 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.
41.4
Average Age in 2019
± 0.325 Years
0.816%
1 Year Change
± 1.13%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 30 years old, which represent 3.65% and 3.43% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

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

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science 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

Female (60.5%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Cognitive Science.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    803 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    653 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    287 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Cognitive Science 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 Female
    454 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    390 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    278 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Cognitive Science. White Female 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Cognitive Science is from the 2 Digit Course Interdisciplinary Studies.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. India
    25,000 degree recipients
  2. Philippines
    9,836 degree recipients
  3. Mexico
    8,947 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Jordan
    3.97 times more than expected
  2. Uzbekistan
    3.69 times more than expected
  3. Romania
    3.61 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Jordan that hold Interdisciplinary Studies degrees (3.97 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 (25,000 degree recipients).

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Skills

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

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 Cognitive Science 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 Quality Control Analysis is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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