Plant Sciences

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
3,278
declining 1.47%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$8,275
growing 4%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$38,070
growing 3%
Average Wage
$74,049
growing 4.3%
People in Workforce
548,799
growing 3.33%
Average Employee Age
44.5
growing 1.68%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Plant Sciences degree recipients are Ames, IA, , and Gainesville, FL. The locations with a relatively high number of Plant Sciences degree recipients are Union Grove, WI, Ontario, OR, and Crookston, MN. The most common degree awarded to students studying Plant Sciences is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Plant Sciences and the types of students that study this field. Iowa State University awards the most degrees in Plant Sciences in the US, but Shepherds College and Treasure Valley Community College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Plant Sciences.

Tuition costs for Plant Sciences majors are, on average, $8,275 for in-state public colleges, and $38,070 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Plant Sciences programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (85 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (2,948 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Plant Sciences

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Plant Sciences, is Public, 4-year or above (2,948 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,275
Median In-State Public
$38,070
Median Out of State Private

Iowa State University has the most Plant Sciences degree recipients, with 235 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Plant Sciences programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Shepherds College and Treasure Valley Community College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Plant Sciences, with 38.9% and 10.9%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Plant Sciences

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

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Agriculture graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Agriculture majors is $74,049 and the most common occupations are Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers, Other managers, and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing.

The industry that employs the most Agriculture majors is Farming, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Fuel dealers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Plant Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
$74,049
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,379
4.3%
1 Year Growth
± 4.38%

The average salary for Agriculture majors is $74,049 and the most common occupations are Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers, Other managers, and Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing.

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Highest Paying Locations

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

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

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Agriculture 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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Most Specialized

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

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Agriculture majors working as Agricultural & food scientists, Veterinarians, and Conservation scientists & foresters.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Agriculture majors are Dentists, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Plant Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
548,799
2019 Workforce
± 18,155
3.33%
1 Year Growth
± 4.57%

The number of Agriculture graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.33%, from 531,117 in 2018 to 548,799 in 2019.

The largest single share of Agriculture graduates go on to work as Farmers, ranchers, & other agricultural managers (5.63%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Agriculture by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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

The most common industries that employ Agriculture majors, by number of employees, are Farming, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Highest Paid

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

The highest paying industries of Agriculture majors, by average wage, are Fuel dealers, Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers, and Petroleum refining.

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Plant Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
548,799
2019 Workforce
± 18,155
3.33%
1 Year Growth
± 4.57%

The number of Agriculture graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.33%, from 531,117 in 2018 to 548,799 in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Agriculture graduates by share is Farming, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Agriculture.

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Specialty Locations

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

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

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Agriculture in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Agriculture is 44.5, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Agriculture degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Agriculture (2,390 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Plant Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
44.5
Average Age in 2019
± 0.474 Years
1.68%
1 Year Change
± 1.5%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Agriculture. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 29 years old, which represent 3.17% and 3.17% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

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

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Workforce Degrees

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

The most common degree types held by the working population in Agriculture are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (60.7%)
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 Plant Sciences.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,390 degrees awarded
  2. Non-resident Alien
    344 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    245 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Plant Sciences 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
    973 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    598 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    115 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Plant Sciences. 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 4 Digit Course Plant Sciences is from the 2 Digit Course Agriculture.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. China
    7,250 degree recipients
  2. Mexico
    7,200 degree recipients
  3. India
    5,436 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Egypt
    6.2 times more than expected
  2. Chile
    5.5 times more than expected
  3. Taiwan
    4.18 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Egypt that hold Agriculture degrees (6.2 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 China (7,250 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Plant Sciences field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plant Sciences majors need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Plant Sciences majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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 Plant 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 Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Critical Thinking, Speaking, and Monitoring are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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