Physical Sciences

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
4,159
declining 8.13%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$5,423
growing 4.69%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$43,512
growing 5.16%
Average Wage
$111,355
growing 0.541%
People in Workforce
1.12M
growing 2.38%
Average Employee Age
44.9
declining 0.523%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Physical Sciences degree recipients are New York, NY, Seattle, WA, and Glendale, AZ. The locations with a relatively high number of Physical Sciences degree recipients are Carson City, NV, Petoskey, MI, and Tonkawa, OK. The most common degree awarded to students studying Physical Sciences is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Physical Sciences and the types of students that study this field. CUNY LaGuardia Community College awards the most degrees in Physical Sciences in the US, but Richard Bland College and University of New Mexico-Taos Campus have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Physical Sciences.

Tuition costs for Physical Sciences majors are, on average, $5,423 for in-state public colleges, and $43,512 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Physical Sciences programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (84 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (2,616 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Physical Sciences

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Physical Sciences, is Public, 2-year (2,616 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$5,423
Median In-State Public
$43,512
Median Out of State Private

CUNY LaGuardia Community College has the most Physical Sciences degree recipients, with 258 degrees awarded in 2020.

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

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Physical Sciences programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Richard Bland College has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Physical Sciences, with 76%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Physical Sciences

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

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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.

The average salary for Physical Sciences majors is $111,355 and the most common occupations are Postsecondary teachers, Physicians, and Other Physical Scientists.

The industry that employs the most Physical Sciences majors is Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Offices of physicians.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Physical Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
$111,355
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,596
0.541%
1 Year Growth
± 3.3%

The average salary for Physical Sciences majors is $111,355 and the most common occupations are Postsecondary teachers, Physicians, and Other Physical Scientists.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Physical Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.

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

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Physical Sciences 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 Physical Sciences majors, by number of employees, are Postsecondary teachers, Physicians, and Other Physical Scientists.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Physical Sciences majors working as Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Astronomers & physicists, and Atmospheric & space scientists.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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1.12M
2020 Workforce
± 25,863
2.38%
1 Year Growth
± 3.21%

The number of Physical Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.38%, from 1.09M in 2019 to 1.12M in 2020.

The largest single share of Physical Sciences graduates go on to work as Postsecondary teachers (8.32%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Physical Sciences 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 4 Digit Course Physical Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
1.12M
2020 Workforce
± 25,863
2.38%
1 Year Growth
± 3.21%

The number of Physical Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.38%, from 1.09M in 2019 to 1.12M in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Physical Sciences graduates by share is Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, 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 Physical Sciences.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Physical Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.

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

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Diversity

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

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Physical Sciences is 44.9.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Physical Sciences degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Physical Sciences (1,478 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Physical Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
44.9
Average Age in 2020
± 0.324 Years
0.523%
1 Year Change
± 1.03%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Physical Sciences. The most common ages of employees with this major are 29 and 30 years old, which represent 2.56% and 2.52% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Physical Sciences are Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Masters Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Physical Sciences are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (54.2%)
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 Physical Sciences.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,478 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    939 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    512 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Physical 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
    780 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    525 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    449 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Associates Degree recipients in Physical 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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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Physical Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. India
    54,333 degree recipients
  2. China
    51,753 degree recipients
  3. Korea
    11,981 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. USSR
    4.67 times more than expected
  2. Sri Lanka
    4.43 times more than expected
  3. China
    3.82 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in USSR that hold Physical Sciences degrees (4.67 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 (54,333 degree recipients).

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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 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 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 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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