General Geology & Earch Science

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

7,814

growing 0.45%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,094

growing 3.16%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$46,594

growing 4.6%

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 General Geology & Earch Science degree recipients are State College, PA, Mississippi State, MS, and Houston, TX. The locations with a relatively high number of General Geology & Earch Science degree recipients are Durango, CO, Socorro, NM, and Mississippi State, MS. The most common degree awarded to students studying General Geology & Earch Science is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Geology & Earch Science and the types of students that study this field. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus awards the most degrees in General Geology & Earch Science in the US, but Centenary College of Louisiana and Carleton College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Geology & Earch Science.

Tuition costs for General Geology & Earch Science majors are, on average, $7,094 for in-state public colleges, and $46,594 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General Geology & Earch Science programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (305 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (6,465 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Geology & Earch Science

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General Geology & Earch Science, is Public, 4-year or above (6,465 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,094

Median In-State Public

$46,594

Median Out of State Private

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has the most General Geology & Earch Science degree recipients, with 167 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution

  1. 4.76%

  2. 4.12%

  3. 3.71%

Out of all institutions that offer General Geology & Earch Science programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Centenary College of Louisiana and Carleton College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Geology & Earch Science, with 4.76% and 4.12%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Geology & Earch Science

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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

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$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

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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

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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 General Geology & Earch Science 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

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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 Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Physical Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (5,636) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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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 General Geology & Earch Science are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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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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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (60.5%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,636 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    688 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien

    532 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General Geology & Earch 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 Male

    2,717 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,595 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    300 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in General Geology & Earch Science. White Male 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 General Geology & Earch Science 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 General Geology & Earch Science field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General Geology & Earch Science majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that General Geology & Earch Science majors need more than the average amount of Science, Mathematics, and Management of Material Resources.

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 General Geology & Earch 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 Science 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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