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How will your science education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a science degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 2,178 brick and mortar science schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have science programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 334,207 students graduated with degrees in science. Of these students, 5,057 received certifications in science, 261,934 received an undergraduate degree in science, and 67,216 received a graduate-level degree in science.


Students can pursue education in science at the following levels:

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

The skills and/or knowledge that science students can expect to gain during the course of their science education are:

  • Biology
  • Research
  • Observation
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Chemistry


The average tuition at science schools around the nation was $29,769 per year in 2010. The science schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The lowest tuition was charged by the following science schools:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your science job compare?

Many US science graduates become environmental scientist, biology professor, science professor, biophysics scientist , or chemist. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 523,040 science professionals working in the US in 2010. This number includes 10,610 life scientists, 81,690 environmental scientists, and 54,540 biology professors. The states with the largest populations of science professionals are:

  1. California - 91,820 Science Professionals
  2. New York - 51,190 Science Professionals
  3. Texas - 30,640 Science Professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 390,100 science professionals will be working in the US. This would require the number of science professionals to grow by 11%. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for science professionals to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 35%
  2. Vermont - 30%
  3. North Dakota - 29%


On average, science professionals earn a salary of $74,386 per year in the US. However, factors such as location, your exact job description, and location can cause the salary for science professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact science profession you pursue. Science professionals in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,640 per year, to more than $165,550 per year. On average, science professionals earn the most in the following states:

  1. Washington DC - $100,178 per year
  2. Massachusetts - $95,111 per year
  3. Maryland - $91,530 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for science professionals are:

  1. South Dakota - $32,482 per year
  2. Nebraska - $51,253 per year
  3. Montana - $52,188 per year

On average the highest paid science professionals were:

  1. Biophysics Scientist - $112,020 per year
  2. Clinical Research Scientist - $86,710 per year
  3. Biology Professor - $86,570 per year

The science professionals with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Science Professor - $71,280 per year
  2. Animal Scientist - $68,170 per year
  3. Environmental Scientist - $67,810 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 183,160 $71,280 -31.5%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 93,560 $86,710 27.0%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 81,690 $67,810 13.5%
Chemists 80,180 $73,240 4.8%
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 54,540 $86,570 -8.4%
Physicists 16,860 $112,020 11.2%
Life Scientists, All Other 10,610 $72,120 -17.0%
Animal Scientists 2,440 $68,170 -18.7%