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Schools Offering Science Programs in Oregon

Around 5.1% of Oregon's graduates graduate from science degree programs every year. Thus, Oregon's 29 science schools put out approximately 4,137 science professionals each year.

Top Schools

Reed College, which is located in Portland, is the top-ranked school in Oregon that has a science program. It received a ranking of 24th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 121 students graduated from Reed College's science program. Tuition at Reed College was $41,200 per year.

The second-ranked school in Oregon that has a science program is Lewis & Clark College. Lewis & Clark College, which was ranked 27th in the country in 2010, is located in Portland. In 2010, Lewis & Clark College graduated 114 students from its science program. Tuition at Lewis & Clark College was $36,632 per year.

The third-ranked school in Oregon with a science program is Willamette University, which is located in Salem. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, 133 students graduated from Willamette University science program. Students at Willamette University paid $37,361 per year in tuition fees.


Tuition at Oregon's science schools ranges from $41,200 per year to $2,895 per year. But, the average tuition is $14,732 per year. The Oregon science schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Reed College - located in Portland, students are charged $41,200 per year
  2. Willamette University - located in Salem, students are charged $37,361 per year
  3. Lewis & Clark College - located in Portland, students are charged $36,632 per year

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

  1. Klamath Community College - located in Klamath Falls, students are charged $2,895 per year
  2. Portland Community College - located in Portland, students are charged $3,016 per year
  3. Oregon Coast Community College - located in South Beach, students are charged $3,096 per year

A science degree from an Oregon school... what next?

Environmental scientist, biology professor, science professor, biophysics scientist , and chemist are the professions of choice for a majority of science graduates in Oregon. 5,150 science professionals were working in Oregon in 2010. Of these, 180 were life scientists. In addition, 1,050 were environmental scientists, and 550 were biology professors. The largest populations of Oregon science professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Clackamas County - 3,010 science professionals
  2. Lane County - 330 science professionals
  3. Marion County - 150 science professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 3,400 science professionals will be working in Oregon. This would require the number of science professional to grow by 13%.


science professionals in Oregon earn $74,226 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Oregon science professional earned as little as less than $30,410 per year or as much as more than $150,760 per year. The counties in Oregon with the highest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. Baker County - $103,840 per year
  2. Clatsop County - $86,680 per year
  3. Clackamas County - $76,497 per year

Science professionals in the following counties in Oregon make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Lane County - $59,580 per year
  2. Marion County - $60,820 per year
  3. Deschutes County - $61,105 per year

The science professionals with highest average salaries in Oregon were:

  1. Biophysics Scientist - $103,290 per year
  2. Biology Professor - $90,630 per year
  3. Clinical Research Scientist - $80,410 per year

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

  1. Life Scientist - $58,840 per year
  2. Chemist - $57,010 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in science in Oregon and to compare salaries with various related fields such as engineering or chemical engineering, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists n/a $80,410
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 2,700 $65,120 -42.7%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 1,050 $64,280 8.2%
Chemists 560 $57,010 14.3%
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 550 $90,630 61.8%
Life Scientists, All Other 180 $58,840 157.1%
Physicists 110 $103,290

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