Polymer Chemistry

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
99
growing 4.21%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,201
declining 16.4%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$47,942
growing 2.9%
Average Wage
$109,220
growing 2.37%
People in Workforce
1.11M
growing 2.35%
Average Employee Age
45
declining 0.792%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Polymer Chemistry degree recipients are Akron, OH, Ann Arbor, MI, and . The locations with a relatively high number of Polymer Chemistry degree recipients are Akron, OH, Pittsburg, KS, and Ann Arbor, MI. The most common degree awarded to students studying Polymer Chemistry is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Polymer Chemistry and the types of students that study this field. University of Akron Main Campus awards the most degrees in Polymer Chemistry in the US, but University of Akron Main Campus and Pittsburg State University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Polymer Chemistry.

Tuition costs for Polymer Chemistry majors are, on average, $7,201 for in-state public colleges, and $47,942 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Polymer Chemistry programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (9 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (98 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Polymer Chemistry, is Public, 4-year or above (98 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,201
Median In-State Public
$47,942
Median Out of State Private

University of Akron Main Campus has the most Polymer Chemistry degree recipients, with 55 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Polymer Chemistry programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, University of Akron Main Campus and Pittsburg State University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Polymer Chemistry, with 1.01% and 0.403%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Polymer Chemistry

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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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 $109,220 and the most common occupations are Postsecondary teachers, Physicians, and Other managers.

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 Water transportation.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Polymer Chemistry is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
$109,220
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,588
2.37%
1 Year Growth
± 3.26%

The average salary for Physical Sciences majors is $109,220 and the most common occupations are Postsecondary teachers, Physicians, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Polymer Chemistry 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.

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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 managers.

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

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Occupations by Share

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1.11M
2018 Workforce
± 25,760
2.35%
1 Year Growth
± 3.23%

The number of Physical Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.35%, from 1.08M in 2017 to 1.11M in 2018.

The largest single share of Physical Sciences graduates go on to work as Postsecondary teachers (8.19%). 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Polymer Chemistry is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.

The highest paying industries of Physical Sciences majors, by average wage, are Water transportation, Offices of physicians, and Agricultural chemical manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Polymer Chemistry is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
1.11M
2018 Workforce
± 25,760
2.35%
1 Year Growth
± 3.23%

The number of Physical Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.35%, from 1.08M in 2017 to 1.11M in 2018.

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 6 Digit Course Polymer Chemistry 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 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, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Physical Sciences degrees, and Non-resident Alien students earn the majority (64) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Polymer Chemistry is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
45
Average Age in 2018
± 0.326 Years
0.792%
1 Year Change
± 1.04%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Physical Sciences. The most common ages of employees with this major are 35 and 27 years old, which represent 2.59% and 2.57% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

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

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Polymer Chemistry is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.

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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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (60.6%)
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 Polymer Chemistry.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Non-resident Alien
    64 degrees awarded
  2. White
    22 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    5 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Polymer Chemistry for each race & ethnicity. Non-resident Alien 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
    4 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. Asian Female
    0 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders Male
    0 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Polymer Chemistry. White Male students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders 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 Polymer Chemistry is from the 2 Digit Course Physical Sciences.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. India
    54,125 degree recipients
  2. China
    51,324 degree recipients
  3. Korea
    11,608 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Sri Lanka
    5.36 times more than expected
  2. USSR
    4.49 times more than expected
  3. China
    3.73 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Sri Lanka that hold Physical Sciences degrees (5.36 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 (54,125 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Polymer Chemistry field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Polymer Chemistry majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Polymer Chemistry majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Troubleshooting, 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 Polymer Chemistry 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 Equipment Selection is very distinctive for majors, but the Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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