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Physical Sciences&

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Total Degrees
Awarded in 2016
growing 2.3%
Median In-State
Public Tuition
growing 2.52%
Median Out-of-State
Private Tuition
growing 3.05%
Average Wage
growing 0.66%
People in Workforce
growing 5.68%
Average Employee Age
maintaining 0%


Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Physical Sciences and the types of students that study this field. University of Washington-Seattle Campus awards the most degrees in graphic design in the US, but Special Focus Two-Year: Other Fields and Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Physical Sciences. Tuition costs for Physical Sciences majors are, on average, $7,238 for in-state public colleges, and $39,086 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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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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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 (29,425) of the degrees.

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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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