Employment Status of Recent Graduates in the Sciences (Bachelor's Level)

Major Field Number Continuing Education Employed Not
Employed
Median FT Salary
Related to Degree Unrelated to Degree
Agriculture/Food Science 14,000  28% 14% 50% 7% $38,000
Biological Sciences 147,000 46% 20% 25% 9% $34,000
Chemistry (except biochemistry) 22,000 50% 23% 23% 5% $40,000
Earth, Atmospheric & Ocean Science 9,000 33% 33% 44% 11% $37,000
Environmental Life Sciences 12,000 25% 25% 50% 8% $36,000
Health 194,000  14% 70% 12% 4% $50,000
Mathematics & Statistics 33,000 24% 15% 51% 6% $44,000
Physics & Astronomy 10,000 50% 20% 30% - $45,000

Source: Characteristics of Recent Science and Engineering Graduates, National Science Foundation, 2008. Survey included 2003 - 2007 graduates. Survey is conducted every few years with several more years required for compilation, approval, and publication.

* Value inferred from available data

Adapted by Greg Nielsen, 2012