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Schools Offering Science Programs in Maine

Around 5.6% of Maine's graduates graduate from science degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 1,535 science professionals graduate from Maine's 17 science schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Maine that has a science program is Bowdoin College. Bowdoin College, which was ranked 15th in the country in 2010, is located in Brunswick. 111 students graduated with a degree in science from Bowdoin College in 2010. Tuition at Bowdoin College was $41,565 per year.

Colby College, which was ranked 21st nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Maine that has a science program. It is located in Waterville. In 2010, Colby College graduated 155 students from its science program.

University of Maine, which is located in Orono, is the third-ranked school in Maine that has a science program. It received a ranking of 34th in the country in 2010. 369 students graduated with degree in science from University of Maine in 2010. The tuition rate at University of Maine was $10,142 per year.


Science schools in Maine, charge students an average tuition of $12,856 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $41,565 per year, or as little as $3,124 per year. The Maine science schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Bowdoin College - located in Brunswick, students are charged $41,565 per year
  2. University of New England - located in Biddeford, students are charged $29,330 per year
  3. Saint Joseph's College of Maine - located in Standish, students are charged $27,345 per year

The science schools in Maine that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Kennebec Valley Community College - located in Fairfield, students are charged $3,124 per year
  2. Southern Maine Community College - located in South Portland, students are charged $3,395 per year
  3. University of Maine at Machias - located in Machias, students are charged $7,075 per year

A science degree from a Maine school... what next?

Many Maine science graduates become a environmental scientist, biology professor, science professor, biophysics scientist , and chemist. In 2010, there were 1,440 science professional working in Maine, including 60 life scientists, 460 environmental scientists, and 270 biology professors. The largest populations of Maine science professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Cumberland County - 680 science professionals
  2. Aroostook County - 100 science professionals
  3. Penobscot County - 40 science professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of science professionals is expected to grow by 15% by 2018. There are projected to be 1,110 science professionals working in Maine then. Of these 1,110 science professionals, the government predicts that an unknown number will be life scientists, 770 will be environmental scientists, and an unknown number will be biology professors.


science professionals in Maine earn $75,583 per year on average. However, Maine science professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $28,870 per year to more than $129,130 per year in 2010. The counties in Maine with the highest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. Cumberland County - $62,024 per year
  2. Aroostook County - $51,990 per year
  3. Penobscot County - $47,220 per year

On average, science professionals earn the least in the following Maine counties:

  1. Penobscot County - $47,220 per year
  2. Aroostook County - $51,990 per year
  3. Cumberland County - $62,024 per year

On average, the highest paid science professionals in Maine were:

  1. Clinical Research Scientist - $115,470 per year
  2. Biophysics Scientist - $105,190 per year
  3. Biology Professor - $77,840 per year

On average, the lowest paid science professionals in Maine were:

  1. Life Scientist - $55,860 per year
  2. Science Professor - $53,610 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Maine statistics regarding a career in science and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as engineering or chemical engineering.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Science in Maine
  • Bachelor's Degree in Science in Maine
  • Master's Degree in Science in Maine
  • Doctoral Degree in Science in Maine
  • Certificate in Science in Maine

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 460 $56,480 -23.3%
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 270 $77,840 28.6%
Chemists 250 $64,630 66.7%
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 250 $53,610
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 100 $115,470 25.0%
Life Scientists, All Other 60 $55,860
Physicists 50 $105,190 25.0%

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